A Bird in hand is better than two in the engines

Keith Mutton, left, rewards Goldie, a 9-year-old lanner hawk, with chicken meat at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, on July 27. Mr. Mutton owns and operates Phoenix Bird Control Services, a company helping the base run its bird aircraft strike hazard program. The aim is to rid the base of birds that pose bird strike problems for aircraft operating from there. The Moroccan lanner can launch from Mr. Mutton’s arm at up to 40 miles per hour to chase away and ward off unwanted birds which are safety threats. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Lance Cheung)

Keith Mutton, left, rewards Goldie, a 9-year-old lanner hawk, with chicken meat at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, on July 27. Mr. Mutton owns and operates Phoenix Bird Control Services, a company helping the base run its bird aircraft strike hazard program. The aim is to rid the base of birds that pose bird strike problems for aircraft operating from there. The Moroccan lanner can launch from Mr. Mutton’s arm at up to 40 miles per hour to chase away and ward off unwanted birds which are safety threats. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Lance Cheung)

Goldie, a 9-year-old lanner hawk, launched from a moving van driven by Keith Mutton chases unwanted birds on RAF Mildenhall's flightline July 27.  Mr. Mutton owns and operates Phoenix Bird Control Services, a company helping the base run its bird aircraft strike hazard program. The aim is to rid the base of birds that pose bird strike problems for aircraft operating from there. The Moroccan lanner can launch from Mr. Mutton’s arm at up to 40 miles per hour to chase away and ward off unwanted birds which are safety threats.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Lance Cheung)

Goldie, a 9-year-old lanner hawk, launched from a moving van driven by Keith Mutton chases unwanted birds on RAF Mildenhall's flightline July 27. Mr. Mutton owns and operates Phoenix Bird Control Services, a company helping the base run its bird aircraft strike hazard program. The aim is to rid the base of birds that pose bird strike problems for aircraft operating from there. The Moroccan lanner can launch from Mr. Mutton’s arm at up to 40 miles per hour to chase away and ward off unwanted birds which are safety threats. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Lance Cheung)

Twinkle, a 19-year old European eagle owl, stretches her 5-foot wings in front of Master Sgt. Bob Kopecky July 27 from the arm of Keith Mutton. The master sergeant, from White Bear Lake, Wisc., is NCO in charge of flight safety for the 100th Air Refueling Wing at RAF Mildenhall. Mr. Mutton owns and operates Phoenix Bird Control Services, a company helping the base run its bird aircraft strike hazard program. The aim is to rid the base of birds that pose bird strike problems for aircraft operating from there.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Lance Cheung)

Twinkle, a 19-year old European eagle owl, stretches her 5-foot wings in front of Master Sgt. Bob Kopecky July 27 from the arm of Keith Mutton. The master sergeant, from White Bear Lake, Wisc., is NCO in charge of flight safety for the 100th Air Refueling Wing at RAF Mildenhall. Mr. Mutton owns and operates Phoenix Bird Control Services, a company helping the base run its bird aircraft strike hazard program. The aim is to rid the base of birds that pose bird strike problems for aircraft operating from there. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Lance Cheung)