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Experimental Test Pilot

Overview:  From Generals Jimmy Doolittle and Chuck Yeager to astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Gus Grissom, test pilots have been some of the most famous names in aviation.  Experimental test pilots not only pilot aircraft in the testing stages but they also manage the research and testing programs.  

Position:  Officer

AFSC: 11EX

Specific Tasks:

  • Formulate test procedures and conduct tests to evaluate structural integrity, performance, handling, reliability and suitability of aircraft and systems 
  • Manage research, test and evaluation projects and programs 
  • Identify design and operational deficiencies and recommend improvements

Requirements:

  • An undergraduate degree specializing in physical sciences, mathematics, or engineering is mandatory 
  • Commission as an officer in the Air Force Reserve 
  • Current aeronautical rating and qualification for aviation service
  • Eligibile for Top Secret security clearance

Training: 

  • For those without a prior military service commission, successful completion of the nine week Officer Training School at Maxwell AFB, AL is required 
  • Completion of Air Force Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (SUPT) 
  • Completion of Air Force Test Pilot School or equivalent U.S. Navy or foreign test pilot school