As you can imagine, the last person to handle an aircraft before it actually takes off bears an immense responsibility to make absolutely certain that the plane is mission-ready. That person is the Airlift/Special Mission Aircraft Maintenance Specialist. In this job, you'll be accountable for ensuring the aircraft is in perfect working order. If alterations or repairs are needed, you'll assign specialists to fix the issues and work with them to ensure the plane’s safety and readiness. Pre-flight, you'll give the plane one last inspection to make sure it's serviced with fuel, hydraulic fluid, and liquid oxygen before giving it your final approval. Why does an Aircraft Maintenance Specialist have so much responsibility? Because it's not just a plane you're putting in the air – it’s also a pilot.