Aircrew Operations Career Field

There are a variety of different jobs within the Air Force aircrew field

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jeffrey Brown
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The Aircrew Operations Career Field includes preparing aircraft for flight, from equipping them with supplies, making sure everything is in working order, and performing various tasks such as collecting intelligence and conducting special missions. 

encompasses the functions of program formulating, policy planning, inspecting, training and directing, and performing combat and operations pertinent to enlisted primary aircrew activities.

Included are supervising and performing primary aircrew duties, performing aircraft flight engineer activities and loading, restraining, and off-loading cargo on military aircraft.  

These airmen also conduct airdrops of cargo and personnel, perform airborne communications systems operations activities, and performing aircrew duties associated with operating airborne command and control systems equipment. 

Here are the Air Force Specialty Codes (AFSCs) for the Aircrew Operations Career Field.

These airmen conduct in-flight refueling aircrew duties and check forms for equipment status. They perform visual and operational checks of air refueling and associated systems and equipment. And they do preflight, through-flight and post-flight inspections.

Flight Engineer  1A1X1

The duties of this Air Force job include performing aircraft inspections, including aircrew visual inspection, non-scheduled aircraft maintenance and preflight, through-flight, and postflight inspections of aircraft when they're away from their home stations.

Airmen in this job load and offload equipment on aircraft, and keep track of weight and balance of passengers, troops, cargo, mail and baggage during flight. They also conduct cargo and personnel airdrops.

Airborne Mission Systems  1A3X1

This job is responsible for aircrew duties, which includes operating, testing and maintaining airborne communications and electronics systems. In addition to preflight, in-flight and post-flight duties, these airmen supervise and instruct personnel, and supervise aircrew training. 

Air Force Flight Attendants have many duties similar to their civilian counterparts, but it's not an entry-level job. They're responsible for passenger safety, managing the cabin and assisting the flight crew.

Airborne Cryptologic Linguist 1A8X1

Airmen in this job are responsible for translating intelligence communications or data received or intercepted while in the air. Airborne cryptologic language analysts, who generally are fluent in a foreign language, are a key part of protecting Air Force personnel while in flight. 

Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Operator  1A8X2

These airmen fly as primary aircrew aboard a wide variety of aircraft and manage airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data, including warning of imminent threats.

Special Missions Aviation  1A9X1

This job is responsible for inspecting, operating and securing armament systems. They perform aircrew functions under training, combat or testing conditions. They also instruct unit gunners dealing with airborne weapons.