Life As an Aircraft Launch or Recovery Specialist
Occupation Description Operate and maintain catapults, arresting gear, and associated mechanical, hydraulic, and control systems involved primarily in aircraft carrier takeoff and landing operations. Duties include installing and maintaining visual landing aids; testing and maintaining launch and recovery equipment using electric and mechanical test equipment and hand tools; activating airfield arresting systems, such as crash barriers and cables, during emergency landing situations; directing aircraft launch and recovery operations using hand or light signals; and maintaining logs of airplane launches, recoveries, and equipment maintenance.
Types of Aircraft Launch or Recovery Specialist
- Aircraft Launch and Recovery Technician
- Aviation Boatswain’s Mate
- Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment Maintenance Technician
- Aviation Boatswain’s Mate, Launching & Recovery Equipment
- C-13 Catapult Operator
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