The U.S. Air Force is home to the fastest jets in the world. It's up to the jet propulsion technicians and maintenance crews to keep their engines up to tip top shape and roaring at full power.
Riding Shotgun in a Fighter Jet
"Aerobatics has a long and storied history. In the early days of aviation, pilots would use aircrafts to entertain citizens, flying in artistic maneuvers to excite and draw grasps. As aviation advanced, military fighter pilots would master vertical climbs and loops to trick the enemy in dogfights. Mixing elements of its early theatrics and military grade precision, aerobatics today is more advanced and enthralling than ever before."
The Extreme Tests Planes Go Through Before Taking Off
"Aeroplanes have moved on more than a little since the first aviators soared into the sky, clad in leather jackets, caps and goggles. Back then, they needed quite an element of faith before taking to their flying machines. One hundred years on, they board highly complex machines often made from unusual materials such as carbon fibre and flying partly thanks to computers. The days of flying on “a wing and a prayer” are over."
Find Out More About a Career in Aerospace Propulsion at the US Air Force
"It’s imperative that our planes remain serviced so they can be ready to go at a moment’s notice. Responsible for ensuring that all of our planes’ engines are in first-rate operational conditions, Aerospace Propulsion specialists test, maintain and repair all parts of the engine. Bringing essential skill and knowledge to the flight line, these professionals play a critical part in keeping our planes and our Airmen safe in the air."
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