The A7D Affair
The order was for 200 brake assemblies for the new Air Force light attack plane, the A7D. Ten years ago Goodrich had built a brake for LTV that did not met expectations and caused Goodrich to be written off from the supplier’s list. After 10 years, Goodrich attempted a comeback by making an offer that could not be refused – a ridiculously low bid for making the disc brakes. Since the aircraft brakes are to be custom made, only the manufacturers could provide replacement parts. Thus even if it took a loss on the job, Goodrich was counting on the replacement parts for the profits. Of course, if Goodrich bundled the deal, it would not get a third chance!
John Warren, a seven-year old veteran…show more content… The calibrations were intentionally manipulated with the instructions from Lawson, who said that he was only following instructions from Warren and Sink.
A month later the test was repeated and again failed. Lawson asked Vandivier to start preparing the various graph and chart displays. The technician involved refused to be involved in the conspiracy and approached the Service Manager but return beaten. He said to Vandivier that he had only two choices – either to defy his boss or do the bidding. Eventually, the deal went through, with the four disc pad and the qualification report from Vandivier. The test proved disastrous. Lawson, who was sent to the Air Force base, returned to the Troy plant .
Vandivier approached his counsel but was advised that he too was guilty of fraud. Goodrich announced that the qualification report was recalled and the brakes replaced with the five disc design. Vandivier resigned giving the A7D as the reason. The case was investigated with Vandivier and the technician as the government witness. The case prolonged and there was no conclusion. Soon after,the A7D went into service with the Goodrich made five disc brake. Sink was promoted to a higher position. Warren too was promoted to be the superindent. Lawson went to work as the engineer and was assigned the A7D project.
1. Identify the main characters in this case and explain what happened.
2. To what extent did Lawson, Vandivier and