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:
Anyway, back to the subject: If the shop wasn’t so late, then only the wire bundle job was "inspected for conformity" during the shakedown, which was still wrong. I always made the shop sell all of their workable jobs, even the wire bundle job, before I would begin the shakedown. This is illustrated by a day I stayed over to inspect the 767 L/N 751 struts, which were scheduled to ship to Everett that day, but were way behind schedule. Shop worked several hours of overtime, putting a few jobs up for inspection along the way, but then, the shop put all of the remaining jobs up at once on the call sheet, along with the shakedown inspection job. I just started at the top of the list, stamping in on each job separately, inspecting them one by one to the drawing and specifications. Shop soon became alarmed. I wasn’t going about my work like the other inspectors who supported them in cases like this. I wasn’t going to just do a workmanship and FOD shakedown on the strut and then just buy off all of the O&IRs per custom. I was going to do it the way it was supposed to be done, inspecting the jobs complete prior to starting the shakedown. Soon, the Manufacturing Lead and (name), Mfg Supervisor, were standing next to each other staring at me while I inspected. I felt intense pressure, but I kept going about my work the same way. I found many defects, due to the fact the shop mechanics had made many mistakes and left a lot of FOD rushing to get the jobs done, including many defects that I wouldn’t have found without the use of a drawing, such as bulkhead fittings installed reversed from the drawing required direction of installation, that required the shop to perform much rework to fix.
The Last Inspector