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Lieutenant Colonel Billie Flynn, BEng, MSME, MS, MBA


Billie Flynn, BEng, MSMEng, MS, MBA - Lieutenant Colonel (Ret), Royal Canadian Air Force - Experimental Test Pilot at Lockheed Martin - Senior Fellow of New Westminster College - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - http://newwestminstercollege.ca

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Lieutenant Colonel Billie Flynn, BEng, MSME, MS, MBA – Royal Canadian Air Force (Ret’d)

Lieutenant Colonel Billie Flynn is a Senior Fellow of New Westminster College. He earned a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada, MS in Mechanical Engineering from California State University at Fresno, MS in Aviation Systems from the University of Tennessee and an MBA from the University of Ottawa. Billie Flynn is also a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada.

Lieutenant Colonel Flynn retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the Royal Canadian Air Force, presently serves as an Experimental Test Pilot at Lockheed Martin, and is the 39th test pilot to have flown the F-35 Lightning II. He is past President of the 2,400 member Society of Experimental Test Pilots.

Lieutenant Colonel Flynn has an outstanding record of ethical leadership. He served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 23 years and flew the CF-18 Hornet operationally in Canada and Germany.  In January 1989, Billie attended USNTPS, Class 96.  From 1990-94, he flew as the Canadian Forces exchange test pilot at the F-16 Combined Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base.  F-16 testing included PW-229 and GE-129 engine development, Digital Flight Control System Improvements, as well as high angle of attack and out-of-control testing for numerous F-16 configurations.  He also conducted thrust vectoring research as a project pilot on the F-16 Multi-Axis Thrust Vectoring aircraft.  Following his tour in the US, Senior Fellow Flynn returned to Canada and completed various staff assignments.

In 1997, he was assigned as Commanding Officer of 441 Tactical Fighter Squadron in Cold Lake, Alberta.  During that period, he commanded the Canadian Task Force in Aviano, Italy during Operation Allied Force.  He flew 25 combat missions over Kosovo and the former Republic of Yugoslavia.  His unit received Battle Honours from Queen Elizabeth II, the first such distinction for a Canadian fighting unit since WWII.  Following his tour as CO, Billie Flynn retired from the Canadian Forces and joined EADS in Manching, Germany where he flew as a project pilot for the EuroFighter 2000 Typhoon, F-4E/F, and Tornado ECR/IDS.  EuroFighter testing included all disciplines of flight testing on the Developmental and Initial Production Aircraft.

In 2003, Lieutenant Colonel joined Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas as a test pilot for the F-16 E/F Super Viper.  Testing spanned early envelope expansion through extensive flight control system development, systems integration and production delivery of this new F-16 derivative.  From 2009-2010 he flew as a project pilot conducting Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance research at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center.  Billie Flynn recently began flying for the F-35 Lightning II program.  He has over 4,700 hours in more than 70 types of aircraft.

As a Senior Fellow of New Westminster College, Lieutenant Colonel Billie Flynn is dedicated to supporting the highest standards of academic excellence and ethical leadership, and is committed to the advancement of New Westminster College and its Global Network of Fellows.


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