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Aircrew flight equipment keeps the skies safe

As well as testing gear used on a regular basis, AFE Airmen also inspect and test emergency gear to make sure it functions properly in the event of an emergency.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Lillie Schindlebeck, an 18th Aggressors Squadron aircrew flight equipment (AFE) journeyman, inspects a helmet Dec. 19, 2018, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. AFE prepares and tests gear for aircrew to ensure it is safe before every flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Isaac Johnson)

As well as testing gear used on a regular basis, AFE Airmen also inspect and test emergency gear to make sure it functions properly in the event of an emergency.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Lillie Schindlebeck, an 18th Aggressors Squadron aircrew flight equipment (AFE) journeyman, takes apart an oxygen mask Dec. 19, 2018, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The mask helps provide breathable air to pilots to when flying at high altitudes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Isaac Johnson)

As well as testing gear used on a regular basis, AFE Airmen also inspect and test emergency gear to make sure it functions properly in the event of an emergency.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Lillie Schindlebeck, an 18th Aggressors Squadron aircrew flight equipment (AFE) journeyman, works on an oxygen mask for a fighter pilot helmet Dec. 19, 2018, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. AFE also works on emergency equipment such as parachutes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Isaac Johnson)

As well as testing gear used on a regular basis, AFE Airmen also inspect and test emergency gear to make sure it functions properly in the event of an emergency.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Lillie Schindlebeck, an 18th Aggressors Squadron aircrew flight equipment (AFE) journeyman, works an oxygen mask Dec. 19, 2018, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The mask helps to prevent hypoxia and is an essential piece of equipment for fighter pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Isaac Johnson)

As well as testing gear used on a regular basis, AFE Airmen also inspect and test emergency gear to make sure it functions properly in the event of an emergency.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Lillie Schindlebeck, an 18th Aggressor Squadron aircrew flight equipment (AFE) journeyman, sanitizes a helmet Dec. 19, 2018, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. AFE prepares and tests gear for aircrew to ensure it is safe before every flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Isaac Johnson)

As well as testing gear used on a regular basis, AFE Airmen also inspect and test emergency gear to make sure it functions properly in the event of an emergency.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Lillie Schindlebeck, an 18th Aggressor Squadron aircrew flight equipment (AFE) journeyman, grabs a tool while inspecting a helmet Dec. 19, 2018, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. AFE maintains G-suits, harnesses, helmets, oxygen masks, parachutes and more. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Isaac Johnson)

As well as testing gear used on a regular basis, AFE Airmen also inspect and test emergency gear to make sure it functions properly in the event of an emergency.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Lillie Schindlebeck, an 18th Aggressor Squadron aircrew flight equipment (AFE) journeyman, inspects a helmet Dec. 19, 2018, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. AFE Airmen take steps to make sure all gear works under any circumstance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Isaac Johnson)

As well as testing gear used on a regular basis, AFE Airmen also inspect and test emergency gear to make sure it functions properly in the event of an emergency.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Lillie Schindlebeck, an 18th Aggressor Squadron aircrew flight equipment (AFE) journeyman, cleans a helmet Dec. 19, 2018, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. When the gear goes through the inspection it is sanitized and tested to make sure it is clean and functions properly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Isaac Johnson)

As well as testing gear used on a regular basis, AFE Airmen also inspect and test emergency gear to make sure it functions properly in the event of an emergency.

Two helmets belonging to the 18th Aggressor Squadron on a table in the Aircrew Flight Equipment shop Dec. 19, 2018, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Helmets for fighter pilots are made up of many complex parts to ensure the pilots’ safety, whether it be helping to provide oxygen or fighting off the effect of pulling G-forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Isaac Johnson)

As well as testing gear used on a regular basis, AFE Airmen also inspect and test emergency gear to make sure it functions properly in the event of an emergency.
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Lillie Schindlebeck, an 18th Aggressor Squadron aircrew flight equipment (AFE) journeyman, inspects a helmet Dec. 19, 2018, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. As well as testing gear used on a regular basis, AFE Airmen also inspect and test emergency gear to make sure it functions properly in the event of an emergency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Isaac Johnson)

As well as testing gear used on a regular basis, AFE Airmen also inspect and test emergency gear to make sure it functions properly in the event of an emergency.
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Lillie Schindlebeck, an 18th Aggressor Squadron aircrew flight equipment (AFE) journeyman, inspects a helmet Dec. 19, 2018, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. To properly inspect a helmet, AFE Airmen must break down each part of the helmet and ensure each piece is clean and functions correctly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Isaac Johnson)

As well as testing gear used on a regular basis, AFE Airmen also inspect and test emergency gear to make sure it functions properly in the event of an emergency.
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Lillie Schindlebeck, an 18th Aggressor Squadron aircrew flight equipment (AFE) journeyman, puts on gloves before inspecting a helmet Dec. 19, 2018, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Part of her duties in AFE is to inspect pilots’ gear and ensure they function properly therefore reducing the possibility of injury during flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Isaac Johnson)

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