But once you find him, its even harder to keep him alive long enough to use him.
Yep, that plane is airborne.
Truth be told, I have read many aviators accounts that mention such acts of bravery when faced with the option of ditching in the Pacific ocean several hundred miles from land. So out on the wing they went to tweek an engine. When most folks think Pacific, they have visions of Hawaii and Tahiti, but I assure the Pacific is very large and very, very cold.