Maintenance

 

For every flight-hour the pilot logs, many maintenance hours have been logged on the ground repairing the Driver's "Squawks", performing the scheduled routine maintenance, and cleaning the wind screen for the next flight. For a military aircraft, it also means loading ordnance, and fine tuning those special black boxes.
 

WHO PACKED YOUR CHUTE?

Paul Galanti.



Status: POW
Date: 17 Jun 1966
Rank: LTJG
Aviator: Paul Edward Galanti
Unit: VA-216
BuNo: 149528
Description: struck by ground fire
Variant: A-4C

 


Skyhawk Era Aviation Maintenance Specialists

Navy Enlisted Aviation Ratings:
"AB" Aviation Boatswain's Mate: Aircraft handling, fueling, launch and recover and utility activities. Normally assigned to an aircraft carrier or air base.

"ACT" Aircontrolman: Air space control, taxi and runway aircraft direction control. Normally assigned to an aircraft carrier or air base.

"ADJ" Aviation Machinist's Mate: Jet Engine Mechanic. Assigned to squadrons, base facilities, and carriers.

"AE" Aviation Electrician's Mate: Aircraft electrical maintenance. Normally assigned to squadrons and base facilities.

"AG" Aerographer's Mate: Aviation related photography. Assigned to base facilities and carriers.

"AK" Aviation Storekeeper: Aviation related parts supply. Assigned to base facilities and carriers.

"AMH" Aviation Structural Mechanic - Hydraulic: Aircraft hydraulic systems maintenance. Normally assigned to squadrons and base facilities.

"AME" Aviation Structural Mechanic - Safety Equipment: Ejection seat maintenance, pilot equipment. Normally assigned to squadrons and base facilities.

"AMS" Aviation Structural Mechanic - Aircraft structure maintenance. Normally assigned to squadrons and base facilities.

"AO" Aviation Ordnanceman: Aviation ordnance preparation, loading and fusing. Normally assigned to squadrons and base facilities.

"AQ" Aviation Fire Control Technician: Aircraft ordnance electronics such as radar, missile guidance. In some units this function is performed by the "AT". Normally assigned to squadrons and base facilities.

"AT" Aviation Electronics Technician: Aircraft radio, radar, navigation and other electronics. Normally assigned to squadrons and base facilities.

"AZ" Aviation Maintenance Administrationman: Aircraft related record keeping. Normally assigned to squadrons, base facilities and aircraft carriers.


The Marines break their enlisted jobs down into MOS's, or "Military Occupation Specialties". They group MOS's with similar functions together into groups called "Occupational Fields".

Occupational Fields #60/61/62: Aircraft Maintenance

Occupational Fields #63/64: Avionics

Occupational Field #65: Aviation Ordnance

Occupational Field #66: Aviation Logistics

Occupational Field #70: Airfield Services

Occupational Field #72: Air Control/Air Support/Air-Traffic Control/Anti-Air Warfare

 

 

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