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Aircraft Launch or Recovery Specialist

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Life As an Aircraft Launch or Recovery Specialist

Job 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

  • C-13 Catapult Operator
  • Arresting Gear Operator
  • Aviation Boatswain’s Mate
  • Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment Maintenance Technician
  • Expeditionary Airfield Systems Technician


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