Test Pilot

A test pilot is an aviator who flies new and modified aircraft in specific maneuvers, known as flight test techniques or FTTs, allowing the results to be measured and the design to be evaluated.

Test pilots may work for military organizations or private, (mostly aerospace) companies. Testing military aircraft, in particular, is regarded as the most challenging and risky flying conducted in peacetime.

In the 1950s, test pilots were being killed at the rate of about one a week, but the risks have shrunk to a fraction of that, thanks to the maturation of aircraft technology, better ground-testing and simulation of aircraft performance, and, lately, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to test experimental aircraft features. Still, piloting experimental aircraft remains more dangerous than most other types of flying.

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Mike Lithgow - Test Pilot
... from the Navy and moved to Vickers Supermarine as a test pilot in January 1946 and became the company's chief test pilot two years later ... He did extensive test flying on the Supermarine Attacker, Swift, Scimitar and later the Vickers Vanguard and BAC 1-11 ... Lithgow died test flying the prototype BAC One-Eleven G-ASHG from Wisley airfield on 22 October 1963 when during stall tests the aircraft entered a deep stall and crashed near Chicklade, Wiltshire ...
Notable Test Pilots
... Some notable test pilots include Charles E ... Brigadier General, USAF - WWII fighter ace and test pilot at the USAF Flight Test Center at Edwards AFB, Muroc, CA ... On October 14, 1947, Yeager became the first test pilot to successfully break the Sound Barrier flying the Bell X-1 test aircraft ...
Christopher Loria - NASA Career
... NASA experience includes assignment as test pilot and Project Officer for the Department of the Navy on the X-31 Program at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Facility, Edwards ... He was also a test pilot on Dryden’s F/A-18 High Alpha Research Vehicle or “HARV” during March 1995, conducting spin testing and the first successful excitation of the Hornet Falling Leaf out of control mode ... Lead Department of the Navy test pilot on the NASA/U.S ...
List Of Astronauts Educated At The United States Naval Academy - Astronauts
... Shepard 1945 Rear Admiral, World War II veteran, Navy test pilot, first U.S. 7 Commander) a Irwin, JamesJames Irwin 1951 Served as an SR-71 Blackbird pilot and became a NASA astronaut, serving as the lunar module pilot on the Apollo 15, on which the first lunar rover was used walked on ... Eisele 1952 Test pilot, CMP on Apollo 7, the first Apollo program manned mission a Givens, EdwardEdward Givens 1952 Test pilot, died in an automobile crash before making a spaceflight a ...
List Of Accidents And Incidents Involving Military Aircraft (1975–1999) - 1978
4 May First prototype Lockheed Have Blue stealth test bed, c/n 1001, on its 37th flight, hit the runway a little too hard at Groom Lake, Nevada, and had to lift off for another pass rather than go ... Critically low on fuel, Lockheed test pilot Bill Park decided to eject and let the aircraft crash into the desert ... Park suffered a serious back injury and concussion, ending his career as a test pilot ...

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