Aug 8, 2011 3:41 PM by Matt Stafford

AFA cadet credited with helping repair B-1B bomber

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) - An Air Force Academy cadet is being credited for helping find a fast and inexpensive fix for a B-1B bomber.

The Air Force says senior Joel Noble was at an undisclosed location in southwest Asia with a maintenance squadron that was repairing a B-1B entry hatch.

Engineers said a spray-on foam could be used as a temporary fix, but the maintenance squadron didn't have any.

Noble knew from an earlier experience with a civil engineer squadron that the foam was available locally and told the maintenance squadron about it.

Maj. Thomas Preston, the maintenance squadron chief, says it was the type of foam homeowners can buy to plug leaks in insulation. It cost $5 a can.

Noble, a native of Springboro, Ohio, was participating in an academy summer program.



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