“Pester” joined the team towards the end of 2016. He served in the US Navy for 10 years, beginning his flight training in the T-34 B/C and A-4. He flew F-14 Tomcats in the fleet while assigned to VF-24’s Fighting Renegades, including combat missions in support of Operation Southern Watch. He has over 1,000 hours in the Tomcat, including over 250 carrier landings. He is also qualified in the FA-18 Hornet
Following his fleet tour he served as an Operational Test Director at VX-9 flying the F-14 A/B/D models and was involved in the F-14 LANTIRN (Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night) Integration Project.
“Pester” has over 11,000 hours as a commercial pilot and is currently a First Officer with United Airlines on the Boeing 787 Dream Liner. He also has type ratings in the A-320, 747-400 and 757/767 and operates both domestically and internationally.