An additional quote from the "letter never sent" (except to the OIG).
I listened to the discussion incredulously. Everyone in the room had the opinion that the drawing trumped the spec, and the...requirements did not apply. I said that that went against everything I had ever learned as a mechanic and inspector. (Name), the Liaison Engineer, said that the specs were simply "guidelines." I couldn’t believe what I was hearing from all of these people, every one of which should have been more knowledgeable than I, the lowly inspector, but obviously were not.
The Last Inspector