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Special Missions Aviation


Minimum Education Requirement:
High school diploma or GED with 15 college credits


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Special Missions Aviation

Career Description

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.

Career Tasks

  • 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

  • Electronics
  • Mechanics
  • 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