Special Missions Aviation
Minimum Education Requirement:
High school diploma or GED with 15 college credits
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Manning the gun of an HH-60 Pave Hawk or AC-130 Gunship requires extensive training and cool nerves. But handling a weapon is only one part of being a Special Missions Aviation Specialist. You’ll also be in charge of ensuring the safety of passengers and equipment before, during and after a flight. Training covers weapon operations, weapon repair, night-vision goggle use, combat techniques and more.
- Brief passengers as necessary on safety and other procedures.
- Perform pre- and post-flight inspections of weapons and airborne systems.
- Perform in-flight maintenance of airborne weapon systems and associated equipment.
- Ensure availability and maximum use of weapons and weapon systems.
- Master electrical, mechanical and hydraulic principles.
- Perform scanner duties using night-vision goggles.
- Read and understand schematics, charts, technical publications and flight manuals.
Relevant Interests & Skills
- Problem solving
- Maintenance and repair
- Working with your hands
- Working with aircraft and weapons
After eight-and-a-half weeks of Basic Military Training, every Airman goes to technical training to learn their career. Here's the basic information about Special Missions Aviation technical training:
School locations: Lackland AFB [TX], Fairchild AFB [WA], Pensacola NAS [FL], Kirtland AFB [NM]
Length of course: 27 days
College degree earned: Aviation Operations
College credits earned: 11