Naval Test Wing Pacific

Naval Test Wing Pacific provides safe, effective and efficient ground and flight test, airborne flight test support, and experimental operations of manned and unmanned aircraft, weapons, and weapons systems for the Department of the Navy, Department of Defense, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Missile Defense Agency, and foreign government programs. 

 

"We Test Like We Fight"

Naval Test Wing Pacific

Mission

Naval Test Wing Pacific provides safe, effective and efficient ground and flight test, airborne flight test support, and experimental operations of manned and unmanned aircraft, weapons, and weapons systems for the Department of the Navy, Department of Defense, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Missile Defense Agency, and foreign government programs. We enable this by providing

  • Surveillance, clearance, telemetry, logistics, and photometric support on the Point Mugu Sea Range and other worldwide locations.
  • Persistent, on-call search, rescue and incident response surrounding China Lake and its land ranges, as well as on the Point Mugu Sea Range.
  • Administrative support, financial and contract management, and aviation safety oversight for the VX-30 "Bloodhounds" and the VX-31 "Dust Devils."
  • Operations support to the R-2508 Airspace Complex.
  • Highly instrumented aircraft in support of developmental and integrated ground and flight test of aircraft, weapons and weapons systems.
  • Test Pilot School-trained and fleet-experienced pilots and naval flight officers serving various aircraft and weapons test teams within the Air Force Test Center and Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division.

Vision - "We Test Like We Fight"

Naval Test Wing Pacific will enable delivery of integrated air warfare capabilities to Navy and Marine Corps warfighters through capabilities-based test and evaluation. We are dedicated to providing a technically-based assessment focused on mission relation within a system-of-systems environment representative of current and future from-the-sea and from-the-air warfighting effects chains.

Captain Andrew J. McFarland

Commodore, NTWP

Capt. A.J. “Face” McFarland is a native of Aurora, Illinois, and a 1993 NROTC graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics and earned an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from Naval Postgraduate School. He earned his “Wings of Gold” in TA-4J Skyhawks in Meridian, Mississippi, in July 1997, and subsequently completed training in F/A-18A-D Hornets in 1998 with Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 in Lemoore, California.


He served with the VFA-151 “Vigilantes” aboard USS Constellation (CV 64) from 1998 to 2001, deploying twice and flying twenty-two combat missions in support of Operation Southern Watch. McFarland completed U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School in 2002, and was assigned to the Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 30 “Bloodhounds” in Point Mugu, California. In 2004, he was assigned to the VFA-97 “Warhawks” and deployed to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, with Marine Aircraft Group 12, where he served as a department head.


In 2005, McFarland was re-designated as an Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer and reported to the VX-31 “Dust Devils” at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California, as the F/A-18 Advanced Systems Project Officer. He also served as the F/A-18 and EA-18G Advanced Weapons Laboratory Military Deputy IPT Lead.

  
McFarland then moved to Patuxent River, MD and served in the F⁄A-18 and EA-18G Program Office (PMA-265) as the Radar Integrated Product Team (IPT) Lead from October 2007 to November 2009, followed by another tour in Pax River as the Joint Standoff Weapon Class Desk Officer with the Precision Strike Weapons Program Office (PMA-201).

  
He assumed the duties of VX-31 Chief Test Pilot in June 2011 and took command of the squadron in January 2013. McFarland next served as chief of staff in the Program Executive Office for Tactical Air Programs at in Patuxent River, Maryland. Following that tour, he served as deputy program manager and ultimately as program manager of the Air Warfare/From-the-Air (FTA) Program Office (PMA-298). Most recently, McFarland has served as vice commander for Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division as well as NAWCWD’s F-35 military director.

  
McFarland’s personal decorations include three Meritorious Service Medals, one Air (Strike/Flight) Medal, two Navy Commendation Medals, three Navy Achievement Medals, and various unit, campaign, and service awards. He has flown over 2500 hours in 57 aircraft and has 375 arrested landings on four aircraft carriers.

 

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Andrew Anderson

Technical Director, NTWP

Andrew Anderson, a native of Northbrook, Illinois, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois. 

In 2001, Anderson began his career with the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division in Patuxent River, Maryland, working as a flight test engineer at the Rotary Wing Test Squadron.  There he worked as a fly-by-wire flight controls test engineer, providing support to the MV-22B Integrated Test Team for all of their electrical and hydraulic flight control systems, including trouble shooting and software regression flight testing.

Anderson was selected to attend the United States Naval Test Pilot School in 2005, where he graduated with class 128.

Following test pilot school, he was designated the rotary-wing fly-by-wire technical subject matter expert, responsible for conducting digital fly-by-wire regression tests, which included handling qualities, structural, aero-servo-elastic, performance, and engine integration testing. 

In 2012, Anderson joined the CH-53K Integrated Test Team as the air vehicle lead responsible for developing all aeromechanical tests for the CH-53K prior to first flight.  In that position, he led a group of Naval Air Systems Command and contractor flight test engineers in Florida through first flight and initial operational testing.  In 2015, Anderson took over the role of CH-53K lead test engineer responsible for all developmental tests of the aircraft leading the team through over 1,000 flight hours and transitioning the team from Florida to Patuxent River, Maryland.

In 2019, Anderson transferred to the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division in Point Mugu, California, where he serves the technical director for Naval Test Wing Pacific. 

 

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Naval Test Wing Pacific

Mission

Naval Test Wing Pacific provides safe, effective and efficient ground and flight test, airborne flight test support, and experimental operations of manned and unmanned aircraft, weapons, and weapons systems for the Department of the Navy, Department of Defense, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Missile Defense Agency, and foreign government programs. We enable this by providing

  • Surveillance, clearance, telemetry, logistics, and photometric support on the Point Mugu Sea Range and other worldwide locations.
  • Persistent, on-call search, rescue and incident response surrounding China Lake and its land ranges, as well as on the Point Mugu Sea Range.
  • Administrative support, financial and contract management, and aviation safety oversight for the VX-30 "Bloodhounds" and the VX-31 "Dust Devils."
  • Operations support to the R-2508 Airspace Complex.
  • Highly instrumented aircraft in support of developmental and integrated ground and flight test of aircraft, weapons and weapons systems.
  • Test Pilot School-trained and fleet-experienced pilots and naval flight officers serving various aircraft and weapons test teams within the Air Force Test Center and Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division.

Vision - "We Test Like We Fight"

Naval Test Wing Pacific will enable delivery of integrated air warfare capabilities to Navy and Marine Corps warfighters through capabilities-based test and evaluation. We are dedicated to providing a technically-based assessment focused on mission relation within a system-of-systems environment representative of current and future from-the-sea and from-the-air warfighting effects chains.

Captain Andrew J. McFarland

Commodore, NTWP

Capt. A.J. “Face” McFarland is a native of Aurora, Illinois, and a 1993 NROTC graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics and earned an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from Naval Postgraduate School. He earned his “Wings of Gold” in TA-4J Skyhawks in Meridian, Mississippi, in July 1997, and subsequently completed training in F/A-18A-D Hornets in 1998 with Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 in Lemoore, California.


He served with the VFA-151 “Vigilantes” aboard USS Constellation (CV 64) from 1998 to 2001, deploying twice and flying twenty-two combat missions in support of Operation Southern Watch. McFarland completed U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School in 2002, and was assigned to the Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 30 “Bloodhounds” in Point Mugu, California. In 2004, he was assigned to the VFA-97 “Warhawks” and deployed to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, with Marine Aircraft Group 12, where he served as a department head.


In 2005, McFarland was re-designated as an Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer and reported to the VX-31 “Dust Devils” at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California, as the F/A-18 Advanced Systems Project Officer. He also served as the F/A-18 and EA-18G Advanced Weapons Laboratory Military Deputy IPT Lead.

  
McFarland then moved to Patuxent River, MD and served in the F⁄A-18 and EA-18G Program Office (PMA-265) as the Radar Integrated Product Team (IPT) Lead from October 2007 to November 2009, followed by another tour in Pax River as the Joint Standoff Weapon Class Desk Officer with the Precision Strike Weapons Program Office (PMA-201).

  
He assumed the duties of VX-31 Chief Test Pilot in June 2011 and took command of the squadron in January 2013. McFarland next served as chief of staff in the Program Executive Office for Tactical Air Programs at in Patuxent River, Maryland. Following that tour, he served as deputy program manager and ultimately as program manager of the Air Warfare/From-the-Air (FTA) Program Office (PMA-298). Most recently, McFarland has served as vice commander for Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division as well as NAWCWD’s F-35 military director.

  
McFarland’s personal decorations include three Meritorious Service Medals, one Air (Strike/Flight) Medal, two Navy Commendation Medals, three Navy Achievement Medals, and various unit, campaign, and service awards. He has flown over 2500 hours in 57 aircraft and has 375 arrested landings on four aircraft carriers.

 

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Andrew Anderson

Technical Director, NTWP

Andrew Anderson, a native of Northbrook, Illinois, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois. 

In 2001, Anderson began his career with the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division in Patuxent River, Maryland, working as a flight test engineer at the Rotary Wing Test Squadron.  There he worked as a fly-by-wire flight controls test engineer, providing support to the MV-22B Integrated Test Team for all of their electrical and hydraulic flight control systems, including trouble shooting and software regression flight testing.

Anderson was selected to attend the United States Naval Test Pilot School in 2005, where he graduated with class 128.

Following test pilot school, he was designated the rotary-wing fly-by-wire technical subject matter expert, responsible for conducting digital fly-by-wire regression tests, which included handling qualities, structural, aero-servo-elastic, performance, and engine integration testing. 

In 2012, Anderson joined the CH-53K Integrated Test Team as the air vehicle lead responsible for developing all aeromechanical tests for the CH-53K prior to first flight.  In that position, he led a group of Naval Air Systems Command and contractor flight test engineers in Florida through first flight and initial operational testing.  In 2015, Anderson took over the role of CH-53K lead test engineer responsible for all developmental tests of the aircraft leading the team through over 1,000 flight hours and transitioning the team from Florida to Patuxent River, Maryland.

In 2019, Anderson transferred to the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division in Point Mugu, California, where he serves the technical director for Naval Test Wing Pacific. 

 

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