Aviation Fire Control Technicians’ roots go back to the creation of the Aviation Fire Controlman (AFC) rating in 1945, which included the former ratings of Aviation Ordnanceman (Bombsight) and Fire Control Mechanic. Three years later, the rating was included in Aviation Electronics Technician and Aviation Ordnanceman as AOF, or Aviation Ordnanceman Fire Control. It wasn’t until 1954 that 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.
The Aviation Fire Control Technician (AQ) rating was disestablished in 1991 when it and Aviation Antisubmarine Warfare Technician (AX) rating were merged into the Aviation Electronics Technician (AT) rating.