Einar K. Enevoldson was a civilian research pilot for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Hugh L. Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif. from 1968 until 1986. He was involved in many research programs, including those with experimental wings, propulsion and digital computer flight control systems. Among the NASA aircraft that he flew were the F-111, F-14, F-8 DFBW and SCW, YF-12A, the oblique wing AD-1, Controlled Deep Stall Sailplane, sub-scale F-15 RPV spin research vehicle and the X-24B Lifting Body. Born in Seattle, Wash., on June 15, 1932, Enevoldson attended several colleges. He received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and his M.S. degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Wyoming in 1963.
Enevoldson was a jet fighter pilot in the USAF, and as an exchange officer with the Royal Air Force attended the Empire Test Pilot's School in Farnborough, England. Following graduation, he served as a test pilot on the Hunter, Lightning and Javelin British fighter aircraft from 1966 to 1967.
In 1974 Enevoldson was awarded the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, for his contributions as NASA Project Pilot on the F-111 Supercritical Wing Program and on the F-15 Remotely Piloted Research Vehicle. In 1980 he was awarded the NASA Exceptional Service Medal for contributions as project pilot on F-14 stall and spin resistance tests.
Following his retirement from NASA in 1986, Enevoldson has continued fly certification and test programs on a variety of aircraft, including several being developed for NASA programs. Among these are the Theseus, Perseus, and Apex remotely-piloted research aircraft. In addition, he was chief test pilot for the initial development flights of the extremely high-altitude Grob Strato 2C research aircraft in 1995, and also flew flight tests of the Grob Egret in 1997.
Maximum Speed - 724 kph. Maximum Altitude - 13720 m. Flight Time - 251 sec.
Maximum Speed - 734 kph. Maximum Altitude - 13720 m. Flight Time - 241 sec.