This quote is also from my first report to the FAA local MIDO office, when I was naive and chose not to believe all those press reports about the FAA being the "handmaiden of the aviation industry" and a "tombstone agency." This quote is from the section of my report noted in the first quote below that I deleted to make that quote shorter and I stated that I may quote later. This quote from that section details my history as an inspector at Boeing, and some of the other corrupt Boeing QA supervisors I've worked for over the years:
That weekend, of 1/12/02 and 1/13/02, I tried to roller stamp like (my QA supervisor) said I had to. I was inspecting that weekend on the POS 4 RM245 EBU (747 Turbofan Engine Build-Up). I referred to drawings on very simple jobs, but had mechanics show me what the jobs installed on the large jobs. I bravely still inspected as I normally did, even though (my QA supervisor) said I only should if I had time. I knew I was going to be bad at roller stamping. I cringed at the thought of stamping off an O&IR (Operations and Inspection Record--the planning paperwork on which the scope of the assembly/installation was defined, "build and inspect to" engineering data was referenced, and which mecahanics and inspectors stamped signifying they completed an operation or the entire job) that I hadn’t inspected. I cringed thinking that I may cause the deaths of hundreds of people for doing so, by missing something that the mechanic hadn’t built the quality into by mistake, as I knew, being a former mechanic, that ALL mechanics make mistakes. Just because (my QA supervisor) had said it wasn’t possible for such a defect to exist, as our products were so well designed, I still felt compelled to inspect all of the jobs I bought, with the mechanic’s hopefully infallible help to direct my mirror and flashlight to all of the parts installed by that job.
The Last Inspector