This site is dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of the USAF Aircrew Flight Equipment Career Field. The links on this website will take you to information on the history of the career field and information on some of the people and equipment that shaped the profession that was once called Survival Training and Personal Equipment (PE), then Aircrew Life Support (ALS), and now with the merger of Aircrew Life Support and Survival Equipment, call Aircrew Flight Equipment (AFE).

As a PE, ALS, or AFE technician, there were things we did that helped aircrews get off the ground and back on it safely. We conducted aircrew training that we hoped no one would ever need. We were put in charge of ensuring all flight equipment from flight helmets and oxygen masks to parachutes were in perfect working order. We were also responsible for ensuring all survival equipment like survival vests, survival kits, life rafts and all of their components were ready to go should they be needed. If an aircrew member did need to make use of the emergency equipment we maintained, it meant the difference between life and death, so our work had to be perfect.

Those were some of the best days of our lives and now we look back and say wow, what a ride! Ever wonder what the career field is like today and where all the people you met along the way are? Well, we’re here on this website, and on our Facebook page. We’re so glad you stopped by, but we want you to join our organization, the USAF Aircrew Life Support/Aircrew Flight Equipment Veterans and Retirees Group. Although established and managed by retirees, our organization welcomes all current and former members of the USAF Aircrew Protection profession whether you are still serving, retired, or separated and regardless of military or civilian rank, grade, position, or classification. We also invite members of our sister services and the private sector who work in a related profession to join us.

Bob McElwain




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