Top Gun Instructor
Before entering medical school, Dr Schallhorn had a successful career as a Naval Aviator and TOPGUN instructor in the US Navy. During that time he instituted and directed a multi-year project that resulted in enhanced combat survivability of aircrew through the Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory (NAMRL).
|1977 – 1978:||Flight training|
|1979 – 1982:||F-14 pilot, Fighter Squadron Two (VF-2) served two 10-month deployments in the western Pacific, during the second and while in the Indian Ocean, he was selected to TOPGUN. Sound familiar…?*|
|1982 – 1984:||TOPGUN instructor, Navy Fighter Weapons School|
As a fighter pilot, Steve Schallhorn (call sign “Legs”), was:
- Designated a Naval Aviator with the highest grade recorded in training squadron.
- Qualified as F-14A, A-4 and F-5 aircraft test pilot with over 2,000 flight hours.
- Winner of the 1981 annual F-14 fighter derby with the highest grade ever recorded in a scored air-to-air combat exercise.
- Instrumental in winning the coveted “Mutha” and safety award for Fighter Squadron Two, 1981-1982.
- Selected as one of the ten best carrier pilots onboard USS Ranger with over 300 arrested landings including over 100 night landings.
- Selected among hundreds of highly qualified naval officers to serve as combat instructor at the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN).
- A top lieutenant in competitive fitness reports at TOPGUN among highly screened peers while serving as training and safety officer.
Photos from trips aboard US Navy aircraft carriers.
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