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Faces of the Defender: Flight Engineer

Aircrew on flight deck.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jared Hildebrand, a C-130 flight engineer with the 169th Airlift Squadron, Illinois Air National Guard, describes his job in an interview recorded Nov. 7, 2020, in Peoria, Ill. Flight engineers inspect and operate the mechanical systems of the aircraft. (Screen capture from U.S. Air National Guard video by Staff Sgt. Joseph Pagan)

PEORIA, Ill. --