CAPT. Peter G. Ross - Chief Pilot (Wacko)

Pete Ross, from Hartland, Wisconsin, graduated from Hillsdale College with a BA in History. He received a J.D. degree from Indiana University, attended The U.S. Naval War College, and wrote the Bylaws for the Society of U. S. Naval Test Pilots.

Captain Ross was commissioned as an Ensign in the Navy in 1982 through Aviation Officer Candidate School. After receiving his wings in 1984, he was assigned as an advanced jet flight instructor in Kingsville, Texas, flying the TA-4J Skyhawk. He was then assigned to fly the F/A-18 Hornet with Carrier Air Wing 14 aboard the USS Constellation. Completing two cruises to the Persian Gulf during the Iran/Iraq conflict, he made over 200 carrier landings, 75 of them at night. 

He was personally credited with saving both an F/A-18 and a TA-4J experiencing engine malfunctions. He also received the "Standout Warrior" award from the Commander Light Attack Wing Pacific, for assuming airborne, on scene command of the successful recovery of a wingman downed in Oman. He also held the position of Combat Division Leader.

In 2012, he completed his Navy career at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on the admiral’s staff; U.S. Pacific Command.

Captain Ross has over 5,500 flight hours, including 1,000 flight hours in the F/A-18.

 

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