Dec 22

Squarks’ are problems noted by US air force pilots and left for maintenance crews to fix before the next flight. Here are some actual maintenance complaints logged by those air force pilots and the replies from the maintenance crews.

(P) = Problem (S) = Solution

(P) Left inside main tyre almost need replacement.
(S) Almost replaced left inside main tyre.

(P) Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
(S) Auto-land not installed on the aircraft.

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

(P) No. 2 propeller seeping prop fluid.
(S) No. 2 propeller seepage normal - No. 1, No. 3, and no. 4 propellers lack normal seepage.

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

(P) DME 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 200fpm decent.
(S) Cannot reproduce problems 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) No. 3 engine 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 words.