Caitlin Fairchild | Nextgov | March 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

What It Takes to Make NASA’s Top Gun


What does it take to become an elite NASA research pilot?

Nils Larson, flight crew branch chief and research pilot at NASA Armstrong research center, says a little bit of everything.

"People I have to hire generally come from a pretty diverse background," said Larson. "Always looking for a broad breadth of experience because I have a broad breadth of airplanes that are here."

Pilots have to fly F-18 jets, F-15, and Boeing 747s and a lot of experimental aircraft, all for the purpose of scientific research, including testing gear one day headed for Mars.

Trainees have to spend a lot of time in flight simulators, and conduct parachute training, for any worst-case scenarios happen in flight. 

To learn more, check out the video below from Wired