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VX-30 Chief Test Pilot


CMDR Paul C. Meyer,
VX-30 Chief Test Pilot
(U.S. Navy Photo)

CMDR Paul C. Meyer, Chief Test Pilot, VX-30

Commander Paul C. Meyer is a native of Zion, Illinois. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, in May 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. Meyer also holds graduate degrees in Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School and National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He attended flight training at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, and NAS Kingsville, Texas, earning his Naval Aviator wings in October 2003.

Meyer attended E-2C Fleet Replacement Squadron training with Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 120 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia, before reporting to the “Sun Kings” of VAW-116 in Point Mugu, California, for his first operational assignment. With the Sun Kings, Meyer conducted two Western Pacific deployments embarked in USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), including Operation Unified Assistance supporting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, in the wake of the 2004 tsunami.

In October 2007, Meyer returned to VAW-120 for duty as an E-2C Instructor Pilot and Landing Signal Officer. In June 2009, he graduated from U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, with Class 135, after which he reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20 as Lead Navy Test Pilot for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye. Meyer also led the initial E-2D sea trials aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), where he completed the first arrested landing and catapult launch of the new aircraft.

Meyer returned to VAW-116 as a department head in December 2011 and completed an around-the-world deployment aboard USS Abraham Lincoln, supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and country engagements throughout U.S. 5th, 6th, and 7th Fleet areas of operation. He returned to VX-20 in July 2015 for duty as the E-2/C-2 Platform Coordinator and E-2D Government Flight Test Director for the ACAT-1 Integrated Test Team.

He reported to VX-30 as Chief Test Pilot in November 2017.

Meyer is a designated Acquisition Professional with career field certifications in Test & Evaluation, Systems Engineering, Program Management, and Science & Technology Management. He has accumulated over 3,500 hours in 27 models of jet, prop, and rotary wing aircraft, including over 250 arrested landings.

 

 

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