So there I was watching a crew of 6 bringing an F-18C into the hanger bay. Everything was going smoothly. The move director blew his whistle to signal that the bird is in place and the wing walkers can put in the chalks. At the same time, the brake rider will also put on his brakes.
Once the evolution is complete 2 sailors will disengage the tow-bar from the aircraft so the tractor driver could reverse out under the wing of the bird. As he was backing out, he was looking over his left shoulder. F-18s have something called a pylon to help hold/secure fuel tanks. The drive ducked his head over the side as he approached it to prevent himself from getting hurt. However, as he was backing out another sailor jumped into the passenger side without properly doning his cranial (helmet). As he was adjusting it, his head was already 3 feet away from the pylon, which is quite pointy at the frontal end.
Without delay I screamed at him and for him to get out of the tractor. If he had sat there for just another second he would have incurred serious damage to his head or even decapatation. I don’t know why no one else was watching but if I happend to be like everyone else and be oblivious of my surrounding we would have a serious incident on our hands.
Will I ever get recognized for helping him… probably not. At least he said “Thanks” and “Good looking out.”