Glenn L. Graham
Director, Safety & Mission Assurance
Armstong Flight Research Center

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Glenn is an Associate Fellow and graduate of USNTPS Class 111 in 1997, with over 4,000 hours in more than 70 aircraft types.  He is currently a research test pilot and the Director for Safety and Mission Assurance at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC).  Appointed to this position in 2016, he is responsible for AFRC’s safety and mission assurance programs.  Additionally, he provides independent risk assessment and analysis for Armstrong flight science and research projects and serves as a guest T-38 IP at the USAF Test Pilot School.  Previously, he was the Defense Contract Management Agency’s West Region Commander in Los Angeles.  He has a BS in Engineering Sciences from the Air Force Academy and a MS in Engineering Mechanics from Columbia University.  He flew F-15s operationally and logged over 150 combat hours while stationed at Langley AFB, Virginia, and he instructed German aircrews in the F-4E at Holloman AFB, New Mexico.  He is an active GA pilot and holds CFI, ATP and B-737 type ratings. 

Glenn has had three test tours at Edwards AFB, one at Eglin AFB, and one with the Missile Defense Agency in Huntsville, Alabama.  His test experience includes airframe, systems and propulsion testing on F-15, F-16, RU-38, T-38 and RQ-4 aircraft, plus conventional weapons testing and test support for numerous programs, including, the B-2, F-22 and F-35 developmental test programs.  He was the AFMC F-15 Demo pilot, and he served as the Air Force Test Center’s Chief of Safety, where he oversaw all test safety planning and execution activities at Edwards AFB.

Glenn supports STEM activities in the greater LA area and is a mentor for FIRST robotics high school team 399 at Lancaster High School.  He is an active member in the Order of Daedalians.  He has co-authored and presented 2 technical papers at SFTE and IEEE symposia, served as Secretary for SETP’s West Coast Section and as part of the Los Angeles County Airshow planning and support team.