Salutes & Awards

June 12, 2016

U.S. Test Pilot School graduates Class 15B

Kenji Thuloweit
Edwards AFB, Calif.

U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School Class 15B graduates June 10, 2016.

Twenty new test pilots and flight test engineers will enter the test world June 10 as Class 15B graduates from the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

Each graduate is awarded a Master of Science in Flight Test Engineering from Air University.

It was the culmination of an intense, 48-week program that included more than 2,500 hours of academics and approximately 120 hours of in-flight training; transforming top operational pilots, navigators and engineers into elite flight test professionals.

They will now be integrated into teams throughout the flight test enterprise and begin shaping the technology and weapon systems of the future for the Air Force, sister services and allied nations.

Congratulations to Class 15B!

  • Capt. Amanda Alpaugh
  • Capt. Michael Bennett
  • Capt. Lee Berra
  • Capt. Christopher Campbell
  • Lt. Alessandro D’argenio (Italy)
  • Capt. Justin George
  • Capt. James Gresham
  • Capt. Justin Howland
  • Capt. Christopher Hull
  • Capt. Stephen Kennedy
  • Capt. Kyle Krogh
  • Christopher Liebmann (Civilian)
  • Maj. Michael Lippert (USMC)
  • Capt. Justin Mensen
  • Capt. Eric Michael
  • Capt. Duncan Reed
  • Maj. Bryant Roberts
  • Capt. Eric Santroch
  • Capt. Daiki Tanaka (Japan)
  • Capt. Taylor Wilson

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