Test flying is always something I’ve been interested in. It combines 2 things I have a lot of interest in, science and aviation. There are only a few test pilots school in the world. Among the best known, are Naval Test Pilots School at Pax Rvier, MD, the USAF Test Pilots School at Edwards AFB California, Ecole du personnel navigant dessais et de reception (EPNER) the French Air Force Test Pilots School, the National Test Pilots School in Mojave CA (which is the world’s only civilian test pilots school and which I’m hoping to attend in a few years), and the Empire Test Pilots School at Boscombe Down, UK.
In 1986 the BBC produced this interesting and informative documentary detailing The Empire Test Pilots School class 44 going through training at Boscombe Down in the UK. There are 6 parts each lasting 30 minutes. “Test Pilots” the viewer a good idea of the hard work that goes into becoming a test pilot, as well as the flight test process itself.
There are a LOT of different airplanes here making cameos. Beavers, Tornadoes, Buccaneers, Vikings, Hornets, Blackhawks, way to many to name here so fellow airplane geeks should be well pleased 🙂
If you want to learn more there are a few flights test blogs out there that I read:
Mark Jones Jr’s Multiply Leadership . Mark is a graduate of the USAF Test Pilots School and former test pilot in the C-17 Globemaster 3 program.