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Internship program exposes naval academy midshipmen to NTWL

Naval Test Wing Atlantic (NTWL) comprises four test and evaluation squadrons and the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS), and each summer, selected midshipmen from the U. S. Naval Academy (USNA) have the opportunity to spend four weeks interacting with squadron personnel.

Temporary assignment to the test wing offers midshipmen the opportunity to see, firsthand, almost every platform flown by the Navy and Marine Corps.

According to the Wing?s official summary statement on the internship program, while with NTWL, candidates are assigned directly to a squadron assisting in operations and maintenance activities, which provides exposure to these critical functions, and constructive on-the-job training for the future junior officers. Interaction with flight test teams affords the midshipmen the opportunity to observe test and evaluation through all phases of the process.

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Navy test pilot instructor earns Navy?s first-ever Army Broken Wing

Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, MD?? June? 7, 2019 U.S. Naval Test Pilot School rotary instructor Barb Gordon was the Navy?s first to receive the??Army?s Broken Wing Award?during a ceremony June 6? in Patuxent River. Highly regarded and rarely awarded, the Army gives the Broken Wing to aircrew who have minimized or prevented loss of life and aircraft through outstanding airmanship during inflight emergencies. Gordon?s award marked the first time the Army presented the Broken Wing outside of the service.

Col. John Jones, commanding officer of the Army?s Redstone Test Center (RTC) in Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, presided over the ceremony and presented the award to Gordon, a former naval lieutenant commander, who successfully recovered the UH-60L she was training a test pilot under instruction in October 5, 2016.

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