Monday, January 25, 2010
Capt Randy Neville is an engineering test pilot for the all-new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. As an engineering test pilot, Neville conducts flight tests of new airplane designs, establishing the basic airworthiness of the airplane and verifying that it functions as designed.. Before joining the 787 program in 2005, Neville was an F-22 Raptor test pilot for Boeing Integrated Defense Systems for nine years. Assigned to the F-22 Combined Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Neville flew the F-22 as well as the F-16 chase aircraft. Neville was the primary pilot responsible for expanding the Raptor’s flight envelope, or maneuverability capabilities, and in 2004.became the first Raptor pilot to reach the 500-hour mark. With more than 600 hours in the F-22, he is still a high-time Raptor pilot. Neville also was a technical advisor in the making of the movie “The Hulk” and played an F-22 fighter pilot in the movie. Before joining Boeing, Neville flew for 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, with operational tours in the F-106 and F-16. He attended the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base and spent the next 10 years as an Air Force test pilot. Neville conducted weapons development tests on the F-4 and F-16 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. His final assignment before retiring from the Air Force was as a T-38 and F-16 instructor and director of Flight Operations for the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School. Neville earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1975 and a master’s degree in international relations from Troy State University in 1989. Neville holds type ratings in all current Boeing production models. He also has a glider license and more than 6,000 hours flying time in 75 different types of aircraft. Neville is an Associate Fellow in the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, and in 2005 he was awarded the society’s prestigious Iven Kinchloe Award for outstanding professionalism while conducting flight tests.