July 19 was the birthday of Anthony Edwards—perhaps best known for his role as Goose in the classic 1986 movie Top Gun. Goose helped bring “wingman” into popular vernacular in the eighties, but the term has long meant a variety of things.
According to its military definition, “wingman” refers to the flying patterns of jet fighter pilots. In the Air Force, a lead aircraft is traditionally followed by another aircraft which flies off the right wing. This second pilot is called the “wingman’” because he or she protects the lead by watching his or her back.
There is, additionally, the social meaning of the term. A “wingman” can be helpful in social situations. Many could make use of one, but might more often end up being one.
It is an interesting word no matter the usage. It serves as reminder that no one really goes it alone, and that people are inclined to help and support one another. At any given moment, friends, family, teachers, co-workers or comrades can step up and be there when you need them most.
National Aviation Academy (NAA) calls for its own kind of “wingmen”—individuals with an interest in aviation who are looking for a specialized career in an industry that demands skilled workers and supplies high-paying jobs.
The work of aircraft mechanics ensures the safety of fliers on a daily basis. Their diligent work on the ground is necessary to those in the air. With a growing demand for aviation maintenance technicians in all sectors, now is the time to begin your career in the aviation industry.
NAA has been training aviation professionals since 1932 and offers programs in aviation maintenance and advanced aircraft systems. NAA is dedicated to its mission of preparing its students for employment in the aviation industry. As you pursue your career as a wingman, let us be yours.