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The Society of Experimental Test Pilots is an international organization that seeks to promote air safety and contributes to aeronautical advancement by promoting sound aeronautical design and development; interchanging ideas, thoughts and suggestions of the members, assisting in the professional development of experimental pilots, and providing scholarships and aid to members and the families of deceased members.
  1. Call For Papers AirVenture 2018

  2. In recognition of his half century of safe flight, Joe Biviano (AM) was awarded the Federal Aviation Administration's Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award. Congratulations Joe!

  3. 2018 LA COUNTY AIR SHOW

    AVIATION HEROES AND LEGENDS HISTORY PANELS

    SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 2018

    WILLIAM J. FOX AIRFIELD

    For information on the LA County Air Show, click the following link: https://lacountyairshow.com/

     

    9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 

                Red Bull Stratos and Free Falling from Space

    • Col Joe Kittinger (USAF Ret) First World Altitude Record 1960-2012
    • Art Thompson - Sage Cheshire, Red Bull Stratos
    • Alan Eustace, Current World Altitude Record Holder 2014 to present

    10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

                Lockheed Martin at 75 Years

    • Jack Gordon, Former President, Lockheed Skunkworks 1994 to 1999,

    heavily involved in the development of the SR-71

               and Steve Justice, Former Director Advanced Systems, Lockheed Martin Skunkworks

    • Key LMCO Engineers
    • Bob Gilliland, Legendary SR-71 First Flight Test Pilot

    4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

                Black Planes, Blue Sky

    • Bird of Prey: Doug Benjamin – Test Pilot

     

    SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 2018

    9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

                Lockheed Vega – Bridge to the Future

    • Allan Lockheed Jr.: Lockheed Grandson
    • Buzz Hale: Lockheed Vega Pilot
    • John Magoffin, Vega Owner-Pilot

    10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

                Lockheed Martin at 75 Years

    • Jack Gordon, Former President, Lockheed Skunkworks 1994 to 1999,

    heavily involved in the development of the SR-71

               and Steve Justice, Former Director Advanced Systems, Lockheed Martin Skunkworks

    • Key LMCO Engineers
    • Bob Gilliland, Legendary SR-71 First Flight Test Pilot

    4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

                It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Blackbird!

    • Eddie McKim: SR-71 RSO
    • Dana Purifoy: NASA Test Pilot
    • David Lawrence, SR-71 SRO
    • John McKay, NASA Maintenance

    All subject to change without notice.

    For information on the LA County Air Show, click the following link: https://lacountyairshow.com/

     

  4. As you know, for the past few years the SETP Foundation has been raising funds for the Robert A. Hoover Research Library and STEM classroom that will be housed in the new Air Force Flight Test Museum at Edwards AFB, CA.  SETP was originally planning to build its own building, but the was cost prohibitive so we are partnering with the Flight Test Historical Foundation to have a strong presence in the new museum.

    As you see below, the ground-breaking ceremony for the museum will be held on March 23rd and all SETP members are invited and encouraged to attend.  We have raised $140,000 of the required $250,000 for our part of the museum, and we hope you will help us reach our goal.  Donations can be made on line at http://www.setp.org/foundations/foundation.html or by mail to SETP Foundation, PO Box 986, Lancaster, CA  93584 or by phone by calling 1-661-942-9574.

    Thank you for taking part in this important part of preserving SETP’s legacy.

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    The Directors and Trustees of the Flight Test Historical Foundation cordially invite you to attend a ground-breaking ceremony for the new Air Force Flight Test Museum campus on Friday, March 23rd at 1:00 PM.

    The ceremony will take place at the West (Rosamond Blvd.) Gate of Edwards AFB near the Century Circle display of aircraft. Base access is not required for this event.

    RSVP is not necessary, however, parking in the Visitor Control Center parking area is restricted so please follow directions from Security Forces and base personnel, allow extra time as you arrive and park where directed.

    We look forward to having you share this milestone event with us as we begin the process of constructing a new, state-of-the-art Flight Test Museum and Aerospace STEM Education Center.  Once complete, this new facility outside the security boundary of Edwards AFB will finally make these awe inspiring artifacts accessible to their owners - the general public and the next generation of scientists, engineers, technicians and pilots who make our nation strong.

    Thank you for all your support!

    Sincerely,

    Lisa Gray
    Chairwoman of the Board
    Flight Test Historical Foundation

  5. SETP has just learned that Amazon will now donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases when you shop at AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com). SETP has set up 2 links for our charitable organizations that you can choose the donation be made to when you purchase items through AmazonSmile. The links are listed below and we hope you will use them for future Amazon shopping. Thanks for your support!

    http://smile.amazon.com/ch/32-0188969 - Link for SETP Foundation

    http://smile.amazon.com/ch/95-2479396 - Link for Scholarship Foundation