Rick Searfoss, Test Pilot Instructor (FW)

Academic Qualifications

BS Aeronautical Engineering, United States Air Force Academy
MS Aeronautics, California Institute of Technology
US Naval Test Pilot School, Class 94
USAF Fighter Weapons School distinguished graduate
Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College

Flight Qualifications
Airline Transport Pilot MEL
Commercial Privileges SEL and Glider
CFI SEL, MEL, Instrument Airplane, and Glider
NASA Pilot Astronaut
Over 6400 hours in 86 different aircraft

Flight Test Experience
XCOR Aerospace EZ Rocket and Rocket Racer rocket-powered prototypes test pilot
NASA Research Test Pilot – NF-15 Intelligent Flight Controls, F-15B and F-18 research projects
Space Shuttle pilot for missions STS-58 and 76, commander of STS-90 Neurolab mission
Astronaut Office spacecraft operations branch chief for X-38 development, Space Shuttle multifunction display development, and approach and landing enhancement projects
Shuttle Avionics Integration Lab and software update lead astronaut
First flight, Space Shuttle OMS-engines assist burn during powered flight ascent

Professional Affiliations
Associate Fellow, SETP
Association of Space Explorers
Air Force Association
Association of Graduates – United States Air Force Academy

National Test Pilot School
P.O. Box 658
Mojave, CA  93502-0658  USA
Phone: 661-824-2977
Fax: 661-824-2943
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Job Available, Fixed Wing Test Pilot Ins…

Position Title: Fixed Wing Test Pilot Instructor. Worksite: Mojave, CA. Come and join the World’s Test Pilot School! The National Test Pilot School is the World’s Leading Total Flight Test Training and Education Organization and we are looking to fill a Fixed... Read more

NTPS 6th Annual Flight Test Camp Goes Ve…

The National Test Pilot School (NTPS) completed its sixth annual one week Flight Test Camp (FTC) for 19 students from seven local high schools from 18-22 June 2018. The focus of NTPS FTC is STEM oriented and three-fold: 1) introduce high school... Read more

NTPS Celebrates Graduating Students

On June 14, 2018, NTPS celebrated the graduation of a new class of 6 Test Pilots and 6 Flight Test Engineers. Front Row (L to R): Lieutenant Commander Stephen Collins, Royal Navy. Completed the Systems Professional course as a Test Pilot. Flight Lieutenant... Read more

NTPS Welcomes New Ship to the Fleet

On January 17, 2018, NTPS accepted delivery of it’s newest aircraft, a two-seat MiG-21UM. The aircraft was ferried, in seven flights, from Wilmington Delaware by NTPS Vice President/COO Jim “JB” Brown. The aircraft is a segment of an ongoing program... Read more

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National Test Pilot School
P.O. Box 658
Mojave, CA 93502-0658 USA
Phone: 661-824-2977
Fax: 661-824-2943