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User currently offlineOttoPylit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6740 times:

This REALLY applies to us Air Force folks. lol If you've ever gotten it or heard it before, please accept my apologies.


You've ever said, "Oh yes sir, it's supposed to look like that."

You know what JP4/5 tastes like.(Yep, and hydraulic fluid)

You've ever used a piece of safety wire as a toothpick.(been there, done it)

You've ever had to say, "My boots are still black!"

You believe the aircraft has a soul.(You mean it doesn't?)

You talk to the aircraft. (Who doesn't?)

You know more about you coworkers than you do about your own family.

You can't figure out why Maintanance Officers exist.

You ever wished a pilot would stop complaining and just say, "Great aircraft."(Tell me about it)

You take it as a badge of honor to be called a "Det Hound."

You can't understand why anyone wouldn't want to be a maintainer.

You think anyone who isn't a maintainer is a wimp.

You wondered where the keep the idiots that keep making up stupid rules.

You have ever jumped inside an intake to get out of the rain.

You consider TDY a paid vacation. (Oh yea!)

Little yellow earplugs litter your entire house.(Always picking them up)

Your spouse refuses to watch aviation shows or attend air shows with you.

You have ever looks for "your" jet in aviation books and magazines.(Found her a couple times)

You can sleep anywhere, anytime. But as soon as the engines shut down, your wide awake.

Almost everyone thinks that all you do is wave your arms in the air.(They live sheltered lives)

You have ever used wheel chock or tow bar for a pillow.

You have ever used a pair of Dykes to trim a fingernail.(hey, whatever works)

You have ever wiped leaks right before the crew shows.(what he don't know won't hurt)

You have ever worn someone else's hat just to go to chow.(it really looks funny, little had on a big head)

You have ever used the "Pull Chocks" signal to tell your buddies its time to leave.(Its basically a universal symbol)

You know in your heart that your jet is female.

You refer to QA as "the enemy."(Well, they are!)

You have ever bled hydrailic fluid into a Gatorade bottle becuase you are too lazy to get the bucket and the Hazmat keys.

You hate Ops, Maintanance Control, QA, and cops.

You enjoy drinking beer and watching the squadron next door pull an engine.(They did it to me last week)

You've ever had to work weekend duty on a jet that isn't flying until Monday.

You can't remember half your coworkers real names, only nicknames.

You fix $30 million dollar airplanes, but can't figure out what's wrong with your $150 lawnmower.(or the VCR)

Your toolbox at home has wheels and foam cutouts, just like the ones at work.(evil grin, I wonder why)

And finally, You know the international marshalling sign for "Pull your head out of your ass."





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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 6616 times:

Agree to almost all.
Nice stuff.
regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineIntruderPC From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 82 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 6521 times:

OttoPylit -- I think you just described this "Intruder PC". I also worked in Airframes mx in TA-4's and T-2's at NAS Kingsville, TX.

You know what JP4/5 tastes like.(Yep, and hydraulic fluid)

You've ever used a piece of safety wire as a toothpick.(been there, done it
You believe the aircraft has a soul.(You mean it doesn't?)

You talk to the aircraft. (Who doesn't?)

You have ever jumped inside an intake to get out of the rain.

You consider TDY a paid vacation. (Oh yea!)

You have ever wiped leaks right before the crew shows.(what he don't know won't hurt)

You have ever used the "Pull Chocks" signal to tell your buddies its time to leave.(Its basically a universal symbol)

You know in your heart that your jet is female.

You refer to QA as "the enemy."(Well, they are!)

And finally, You know the international marshalling sign for "Pull your head out of your ass."

If there ever were any good old days, they were all in Navy Air!



A-6's and Navy Air forever!!!
User currently offlineJetMechMD80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 380 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 6501 times:

Here is one more,

If you have ever used the words "over" "copy" and "out" when talking to your wife on the cell phone.  Smile



"I get along great with nobody"~ Billy Idol
User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 6479 times:


If you have ever used the words "over" "copy" and "out" when talking to your wife on the cell phone

I actually do with 'Roger' ,'Confirm','Affirm','Negative' too.
regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineGunships From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 574 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 6448 times:

If you've ever washed your hands before going to the bathroom...

If you've ever really liked the "chicken puck" sandwich in the box nasties...

If you've ever had to set up an allotment to repay advance per diem...

etc., etc., etc...


User currently offlineVenus6971 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1443 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6431 times:

If you've ever washed your hands before going to the bathroom...
You learn that the hard way if you ever worked with Skydrol



I would help you but it is not in the contract
User currently offlineJetMechMD80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 380 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 6387 times:

Here is another one,

You have had some work done on your car at a local dealership, upon picking up the car, you pull out a flashlight and a mirror, and go over the job, before paying the bill. "Second set of eyes"  Smile



"I get along great with nobody"~ Billy Idol
User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14026 posts, RR: 62
Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 6386 times:

I´ve annoyed my local car mechanic after he had his apprentices change the oil and the filter on my car, because I insisted on doing a leak check with a running engine...

Jan


User currently offlineOttoPylit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 6361 times:

If you've ever washed your hands before going to the bathroom...

Been there, had to do that many times.


Here is another that a friend mentioned to me, "if you have more pictures of your airplane posted in your house than of your own family." Thats a die hard mechanic there.


User currently offlineVenus6971 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1443 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 6354 times:

Here is another that a friend mentioned to me, "if you have more pictures of your airplane posted in your house than of your own family." that's a die hard mechanic there.

Ok its getting a little personal, SO what that I got more pictures of airplanes than my family on the Walls.



I would help you but it is not in the contract
User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14026 posts, RR: 62
Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 6315 times:

More for the civilian mechanics:
If you´ve got aircraft tools cluttered all over your house.
If you use time expired materials (e.g. AV-8, resins etc) to fix your car.

Jan


User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (9 years 9 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 6315 times:

And finally, You know the international marshalling sign for "Pull your head out of your ass."

please teach me that one, i need to use it on a few crews on my ramp.



"...cannot the kingdom of salvation take me home."
User currently offlineOttoPylit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 9 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 6322 times:

Ok its getting a little personal, SO what that I got more pictures of airplanes than my family on the Walls.

I never said there was anything wrong with it, I keep one in my pocket. Actually, while I was waiting to enter the Udvar-Hazy Dulles museum, I actually started talking to a guy who retired from the Air Force flying RC-135's. I asked him what its like flying these odd looking airplanes and as he explained, he pulled out his wallet and he had many wallet sized photos of the airplane that he flew from different angles. I actually almost started laughing because he had 1 picture of his wife, and about 10 of his airplane.


User currently offlineDmeservices From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 6 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 9 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 6266 times:

I am a former Army Crew Chief and now I am a corporate technician and it is still the same. Well, except for the hat to the Chow Hall(dang that brings back memories)

User currently offlineGocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4346 posts, RR: 20
Reply 15, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 6269 times:

Doing an ATAF on your tool boxes in your home garage, cutting a corrosion control MAF for your tools, putting it In Work and signing off your MAF.

Typical Navy "Lifer" here.

Kevin


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