Saturday, May 06, 2006

Roy Martin 1946-

Northrop F-5 SSBD
Northrop X-47A UAV

Roy Martin was Chief Test Pilot at Northrop Grumman Air Combat Systems Division. He has over 9600 flight hours and more than 30 years experience flying over 60 aircraft types including the F-4 and F-5 fighters, C-141 transport, E-3A AWACS, Sabreliner, Lear Jet, and Gulfstream G-2 aircraft.

Mr. Martin was formerly a regular officer in the US Air Force, where he flew over 200 combat missions in Southeast Asia in the F-4 aircraft. Following combat duty, he served as an F-5 instructor training foreign military pilots.

In 1976 he graduated from the US Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base as a Distinguished Graduate. Mr. Martin served as a military test pilot for six years at Edwards AFB, working on various projects including E-3A AWACS flight tests, F-5 spin tests, Air Launch Cruise Missile development tests, Space Shuttle simulator handling qualities evaluations, HAVE IDEA special projects, and as an instructor test pilot at the USAF Test Pilot School.

From 1982 to 1998, Mr. Martin was an active participant in the US Air Force Reserves. He performed duty as a C-141 transport pilot and as Reserve T-38 Instructor Pilot and Individual Mobilization Augmentee to the Commandant of the USAF Test Pilot School. He retired from the USAF Reserves in 1998 with the rank of Colonel.

In 1982, Mr. Martin joined Northrop as an Engineering Test Pilot. He has participated in F-5, F-20, QF-86, and TSSAM flight test projects and was backup test pilot for the YF-23. He continued as the project test pilot and instructor pilot for numerous F-5 projects including F-5E avionics update programs and Quiet Supersonic.