Tuesday, April 25, 2006

George J.Marrett 1935 -

George J. Marrett was born in Grand Island, Nebraska in 1935 and graduated from Iowa State College in 1957 with a BS in chemistry. Shortly thereafter, he entered the United States Air Force as a Second Lieutenant in the Reserve Officers Training Corps.

He graduated from pilot training in 1959 at Webb, AFB in Texas, where he flew the Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star. He went to advance flight training at Moody AFB in Georgia where he flew the North American F-86L, SabreJet. After four years in the 84th Fighter Interceptor Squadron at Hamilton AFB, California, flying the McDonnell F-101B Voodoo, he was selected to attend the USAF test pilot school in 1964. Here he flew the Northrop T-38 Talon, Lockheed F-104 Starfighter and General Dynamics F-106 Delta Dart. After graduation, he transferred to the fighter test branch at Edwards AFB, where he flew the McDonnell F-4C Phantom, Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter and General Dynamics F-111A Aardvark.

During the Vietnam conflict, Marrett flew the Douglas A-1 Skyraider as a"Sandy" rescue pilot in Thailand. He completed 188 combat with missions, over 600 combat hours and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the Air Medal with eight Oak Leaf Clusters.
Upon returning from the war, Marrett joined Hughes Aircraft Company as an experimental test pilot. For twenty years he flew test programs which helped develop attack radar and missiles in F-15, F-16 and F-18, aircraft and an early version of the B-2 Stealth bomber. He has flown over 40 types of military aircraft and logged over 8,500 hours.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Edward T. Schneider 1948-

Edward T. Schneider served as a research test pilot at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., from 1983 to 2000.
During his 18-year-career at Dryden, Schneider was best known for his work as project pilot for the F-18 High Alpha Research Vehicle over a nine-year span, becoming the first pilot in history to conduct multi-axis thrust vectored flight.
Schneider also served as project pilot for the F-18 Systems Research Aircraft, the F-8 Digital Fly-By-Wire research program, the Boeing 720 Controlled Impact Demonstration, the F-14 Automatic Rudder Interconnect and Laminar Flow research programs, the F-104 Aeronautical Research and Microgravity programs, the F-15 ACTIVE, the SR-71 High Speed research program, the NASA B-52B launch aircraft, and the F-15B aeronautical testbed aircraft.
Schneider took on additional management functions during the latter part of his tenure at Dryden. From July 1998 through March 2000, Schneider served as the acting chief of the Flight Crew Branch in the Flight Operations Directorate, heading a team of 13 research pilots. He then served as deputy director of flight operations at NASA Dryden from March through September 2000. In this position, Schneider helped to manage the Avionics, Operations Engineering, Flight Crew, Quality Inspection, Aircraft Maintenance and Modification, and the Shuttle and Flight Operations Support branches.
Schneider transferred from Dryden to NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, in September 2000 where he was a staff pilot and T-38 instructor pilot. When he left Dryden, he had accumulated more than 6,700 flight hours in 84 different models of aircraft and had flown "first flights" on five unique aircraft configurations. Schneider retired from NASA in 2004.
Prior to joining NASA, Schneider served on active duty with the U.S. Navy from 1968 to 1983. Following squadron service, he graduated from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, Patuxent River, Md., in 1973, as the youngest graduate in the school's history. He then served as an engineering test pilot and test pilot school instructor at the Naval Air Test Center. He also served as the F-4 program manager, and senior test pilot at the Naval Aviation Depot, North Island, Calif.
Schneider received his bachelor’s degree from Thomas More College, Crestview Hills, Ky. He is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval War College Command and Staff course and earned a master's degree from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif., in 1978.
An active member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots since 1974, Schneider became Fellow of the Society in 1993 and served as its president in 1993-94. He also served as a director of the Warbirds of America.
In 1996 he received both the NASA Exceptional Service Medal and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Chanute Flight Award for the conduct of hazardous F-18 high-angle-of-attack flight testing. In 1998 he was inducted into the James B. Taylor Jr. Memorial Room and Carrier Aviation Test Pilot Hall of Honor on board the USS Yorktown (CV-10). Schneider was honored with the NASA Distinguished Service Medal in 2004, and was inducted into the Aerospace Walk of Honor in Lancaster, Calif., in September 2005.

Mike Snelling AFC 1941-

Mike Snelling was the pilot for the Sea Eagle missile firing; on test ranges.
British Aerospace's new all-British lightweight fighter,the single-seat Hawk 200,took off from Dunsfold aerodrome on May 19 1986, 11 days ahead of schedule, on a first flight of lhr 18min. The aircraft was flown by BAe's chief test pilot, Mike Snelling.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Christian Worning 1957-

Chris Worning was born in Copenhagen,Denmark in 1957. He joined the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) in November 1976 for basic training at Vance AFB,Oklahoma,USA and graduated in August 1978. He joined the 730th Fighter Bomber Squadron at Skrystrup AFB flying the F-100D.

In October 1981 he attended the Danish Air Force Academy,returning to Skrydstrup in June 1984 for conversion to the F-16A/. He served in the 722th All Weather Fighter/Attack Sqn and completed the F-16 Fighter Weapons Instructor training in 1986.

During 1987,he attended the Empire Test Pilots School at Boscombe Down and following graduation he was assigned to the Tactical Air Command,Denmark. There he was respnsible for all fixed wing test activities amd was F-16 project pilot for the RDAF. He completed varioos certification programmes on the F-16,F-35 Draken and Gulfstream III.

Chris Worning left the RDAF in March 1991 to join Dornier Luftfahrt GmbH in Oberpfaffenhofen,Germany as a Test Pilot. While at Dornier, he flew the Do228 and the Canadair Challneger. He participated in the entire test programme for the Do328 Regional airliner. In December 1995, he returned to military test flying when he joined the flight test department at European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) in Manching,Germany.

Since July 1998,he has served as EADS's Eurofighter Project Pilot in Germany. He currently flies the Eurofighter,F-4 Phantom,Tornado and Citation jets. He has flown more than 5000 hours in 43 different aircraft types. He is a fellow of SETP.