Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Peter T. (Pete) Reynolds 1945-2014

Peter T. (Pete) Reynolds, chief of engineering flight testing for Learjet, Inc. ranks among general aviation's top test pilots with more than 8,900 hours of flying time, including 8,300 hours in jet aircraft. He is the only professional general aviation pilot to be a finalist in NASA's space shuttle astronaut selection and holds a number of aviation ratings.
Mr. Reynolds earned a B.S. in engineering sciences at Purdue University in 1966 and an M.S. in mechanical engineering at the University of Colorado in 1968. He served with the U.S. Air Force from 1968 to 1973 and received the Distinguished Flying Cross and other prestigious medals for his service in combat.
In 1979, he and former Apollo astronaut Neil Armstrong piloted a Learjet Model 28 to establish five world time-to-climb speed records for business jets. Mr. Reynolds has overseen a number of test and certification programs, including those for the Learjet Models 24 and 25, the first aircraft certified by the FAA to fly at 51,000 feet altitude and the model 28/29, the first business jets to fly in winglets, which today are widely used on both commercial and general aviation aircraft.