Aviation Fire Control Technicians’ roots go back to 1954 when the Aviation Fire Control Technician rating was established. Under the AQ umbrella were two Service Ratings: AQB (Aviation Fire Control Technician Bomb Director) and AQF (Aviation Fire Control Technician Fire Control).
Regardless of the service rating, AQs were tasked with the maintenance and repair of some of the most advanced electronics deployed on U.S. Navy ships at the time. This might include troubleshooting an aircraft’s electronic weapon system as it sat on the flight deck to swapping out circuit cards in onboard computer systems. All aspects of aircraft weaponry and detection systems—including radars, navigation, heads-up displays (HUDs), multi-function displays (MFDs), target acquisition, weapons-release, and more — fell under the bailiwick of the Aviation Fire Control Technician.