Air Force Squawks: Pilots note problems with aircraft, the crews take care of them.
  You need a pilot's license even to do Taxi tests, just park the 747 here...
  They put a parking brake in the cockpit for a reason...
  Salute means launch AIRCRAFT, not missile!

US Air Force Pilot Squawks

Each aircraft is an individual. Therefore, after every flight, pilots make notes of anything odd or that needs fixing. These "Squawks" are problem listings that pilots generally leave for maintenance crews to fix before next flight. Here are some actual maintenance complaints submitted by US Air Force pilots and the replies from the maintenance crews.


(P) Left inside main tire almost needs replacement
(S) Almost replaced left inside main tire

(P) Test flight OK, except autoland very rough
(S) Autoland not installed on this aircraft

(P) #2 Propeller seeping prop fluid,
(S) #2 Propeller seepage normal - #1 #3 and #4 propellers lack normal seepage

(P) Something loose in cockpit
(S) Something tightened in cockpit

(P) Evidence of leak on right main landing gear
(S) Evidence removed

(P) Helmet volume unbelievably loud
(S) Volume set to more believable level

(P) Dead bugs on windshield
(S) Live bugs on order

(P) Autopilot in "altitude hold mode" produces a 200 fpm descent
(S) Cannot reproduce problem on ground

(P) IFF inoperative
(S) IFF always inoperative in OFF mode

(P) Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick
(S) That's what they're there for

(P) Number three engine seems to be missing
(S) Engine found on right wing after brief search

(P) Aircraft handles funny
(S) Aircraft warned to straighten up, "fly right" and be serious

(P) Target Radar hums
(S) Reprogrammed Target Radar with the words

Boeing 747 Taxi Test Gone Bad

Mechanics were taxiing the B747 after making some minor repairs on it when this happened. The pucker factor must be extremely high during this incident. Apparently the mechanics only started the outboard engines (1 and 4). They soon found out the hydraulic pumps that operate the brakes are only on the inboard engines (2 and 3). I think a lot of that damage will buff right out at the body shop. 

Parking Brake? Nah, don't need it

This accident happened at Parafield Airport (Just outside RAAF Base Edinburgh South Australia). An un-crewed light aircraft with engine running "broke" its chocks and powered through the apron, damaging 9 other parked aircraft. The University's School of Aviation aircraft were amongst those damaged.

LAUNCH! Woah.... Look out!

This US Navy F/A-18 Hornet had just trapped on his carrier when the cable brought his speed from 150mph to zero in 2.2 seconds... unfortunately, his Sidewinder missile did not have it's own hook and continued on down the deck at 150mph and then began it's new life as a Sonar Buoy.