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Long Years at the throttles

I cross trained from crew chief on various fighter and heavy lift birds. After FE school at Sheppard AFB Tx. was assigned to the 44th MAS Travis AFB Ca on the C-141A, then to Nam on the C-123K for a year. Then reassigned to McClellan AFB Ca on the EC-121 D, T (Ye old Supper Constellation) The best of them all. As they began to phase them out in 1974, I was reassigned back to Travis and the C-5A. Of the all, it was the biggest and the worst. At almost all times, we were holding our breath, just waiting for something to break down. The EC-121 was the greatest of them all, a real Flight Engineers airplane. It was the most enjoyable 5 years of my career, above all. Many great experiences and not a few white knuckles. Old, loud, but a really great bird that gave me a lifetime of memories. 24 great years in the AF and wish I could do them again.
—Guest studebaker 1966

NCORP

I am a Combat Arms Instructor with SF trying to retrain using the NCORP. My question would be if an FAA license or pilot license is needed to join the career field. I appreciate any help.
—Guest janpr13

Some points about the FE career field...

I enjoy the career field (more so on the C-130 than the C-5), and I wish I could paint a bright future for this career field, but unfortunately, any new cargo planes coming out now (with the exception if the Osprey), do not have FE's on them. What that means is that the FE career field is slowly going away. I love it, but there isn't much of a future in it. Just being honest.
—Guest Former C-130/Current C-5 FE

research

my cross train window opens soon and am looking for something different. -ShayneFE- how are the work schedule like? panamas? do u work fixed wing or rotory?
—Guest SrA f16 Crew chief

knowing more about flight engeneer

Lebohang.I'm now in grade 12 and kinda confused in which career fild to follow.I would lik to know exactly what to focus on in terms of my academic work,guidance
—Guest lebohang

knowing more about flight engeneer

Lebohang.I'm now in grade 12 and kinda confused in which career fild to follow.I would lik to know exactly what to focus on in terms of my academic work,guidance
—Guest lebohang

knowing more about flight engeneer

Lebohang.I'm now in grade 12 and kinda confused in which career fild to follow.I would lik to know exactly what to focus on in terms of my academic work,guidance
—Guest lebohang

Current Flight Engineer

I am a Flight Engineer on the KC-10A. It is a challenging career field with a lot of reward. The description on this site is pretty accurate and if you have any questions regarding a specific aircraft, you will get a more informative response by someone assigned to that particular aircraft.
—Guest Dday707

Re: Research

Supply can't even get us the right parts that we need...
—Guest Supply Can't Roll With The Big Dogs

just got approved to put in application

Shayne if it is at all possible i would love to talk to you or find you on global to talk to you about the career.
—Guest advancedjosh A1C

I work with FE's

I work with FE's(flight engineer) every day. On the c130, they are the 1st one to the plane, usally 2 hours prior to luanch and do pre flight inspections. During flight they moniter all engine and electrical componants of the acft. You must know all engine limitations and emergancy procedures. It can get pretty boring from what im told, especially on c130s and c17s during long flights. I am also interested in this carreer. I am really hoping to crosstrain soon. Being a c130 engine mechanic i alread know alot about engine limits and operation. I am already qualified to start and run engines, and FE's done even do that! I would, however, much rather be on a HH-60 helicopter. They do alot more combat related missions. If anyone has any other questions, please ask!
—Guest SrA C130 mechanic

Flight Engineer

I was just interested in finding out more about this job. I am retraining soon and wanted a little more information than what this website can tell me. Thanks
—Guest SSgt

I was a Flight Engineer

If you want any information or guidance please let me know. Shayne
—ShayneFE

answer

i would like an answer to this question as well. im going into basic without knowing what my job will be, but it will be in the mech area. I'm having trouble on picking a few of these for potential afsc's and would like some insight.
—Guest a1c

Research

Looking into cross-training into something more challanging. Currently I am in the supply career field & have little knowledge of flight engineering concepts; however I am eager to learn. What is a typical "shift" like in this job?
—Guest figufe

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