DVC500 at last wrote:
Hey-hey, carefull there, Jeff. I was "Airframe, Jet-engines over 4" mechanic / Crew Chief, when I was in the service. I admit there was alot of shadey co-workers, but the majority of us were top notch who had pride in their work.
Well, we ain't met yet now have we?!
I worked with a guy when I was at Advance Auto. I didn't know he was in the Air Guard at the time. He had this old Chrysler mini van with the 2.2L. It idled around 3000 rpm and sounded like a cement mixer. When he bragged to me how had rebuilt the motor in it I was like
because he also told me how he was a helicopter mechanic. I don't think he realized that his car and a helicopter aren't supposed to idle at the same speed.
And my ex-fiance was driving my car once and slid of the road in the rain, jumped a curb and flattened the tire. Her girlfriend's husband, who was a mechanic in the Air Force changed the tire.
Now, I realize it was dark, and raining, but when I had a new tire put on at a family friends shop, he asked me "Did you change this tire?" When I said no, he said "Look at this.." All five lugnuts were on taper side out. That tells me you think that's how they go. If you were rushing, at least one of them would be right.
My dad turned wrenches during his short stint in the Air Force so I know they aren't ALL bad, just most of the ones I met.
And don't get me started on manufacturing......I've seen too much there to feel comfortable flying.
I actually turned down a job making jet parts. I'd always wonder if it was my part that caused a crash.