US pilot thanks British man who guaranteed a happy landing


              This photo made available by Ian Simpson on Friday July 23, 2021, shows a shower of sparks from an F-15E Strike Eagle that experienced a malfunction after takeoff, near RAF Lakenheath, Lakenheath, England, on July 13, 2021. Photographer Ian Simpson was honored by the 48th Fighter Wing for alerting Lakenheath about the troubles when he realized the pilot wasn’t aware of the issue. (Ian Simpson via AP)
            
              This photo made available by Ian Simpson on Friday July 23, 2021, shows a shower of sparks from an F-15E Strike Eagle that experienced a malfunction after takeoff, near RAF Lakenheath, Lakenheath, England, on July 13, 2021. Photographer Ian Simpson was honored by the 48th Fighter Wing for alerting Lakenheath about the troubles when he realized the pilot wasn’t aware of the issue. (Ian Simpson via AP)
            
              This photo made available by RAF Lakenheath on Friday July 23, 2021, shows U.S. Air Force Maj. Grant Thompson ripping the flight patch from his shoulder to give to Ian Simpson, left, as they meet at the viewing area outside RAF Lakenheath on July 20, 2021. Photographer Ian Simpson was honored by the 48th Fighter Wing for alerting Lakenheath about the troubles when he realized the pilot wasn’t aware of the issue. (Capt Marie Ortiz/RAF Lakenheath via AP)