Eric Mitchell
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Eric “Pinto” Mitchell obtained his pilot’s license in 1984 and joined the USN in 1988.  Since then, he has flown and tested nearly 90 aircraft including jet fighters, trainers, large transports, turboprops, helicopters, and the X-47B experimental UAV.   He flew navy fighters from twelve different aircraft carriers and amassed 650 arrested landings. From 1996 to 2012 he was posted to Patuxent River for six separate test tours at VX-23, U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (TPS) Staff, and the Test Wing where he specialized in weapons separation, loads, FQ&P, systems integration and shipboard suitability in the F-14 and F/A-18 as well as instruction in various jet trainers. He also was posted to the staff of Empire Test Pilot School (ETPS) on a three year exchange tour.  He was the Test Wing Safety Officer until his retirement from the USN. He transitioned out of the military and is now a Test Pilot for Northrop Grumman Corporation.  In 2012 he flew the experimental X-47B aircraft out to a Nimitz class aircraft carrier. He currently flies electronic systems developmental testing aircraft out of Baltimore, MD. He is on the Executive Board of SETP and the Flight Test Safety Committee. He was the past Chairman of the EC section of SETP, presented a paper and chaired an SETP EC symposium. Pinto also operates the “Flight Deck Lounge” Bar on board NAS Patuxent River on behalf of the USNTPS Alumni Association.