Troy Pennington is a retired sailor, a naval aviator, an expert fighter pilot in air-to-air and air-to-ground combat, and a complete experimental test pilot who conducted test missions in the military and civilian sectors.
Still, Pennington’s motivation has always been service to others, including recognition for the overview of human participation and cooperation.
As a Marine Corps pilot, he understood that his main purpose was to support the Marine Ground Forces, and later, as a test pilot, he believed that his duty was to evaluate all aspects of the aircraft so that the pilot could handle it in the field. to the exact specifications for which it was intended.
Pennington attributes this understanding and gratitude to the Marine Corps to “The Basic School” (TBS).
“You’re exposed to a lot of things on TBS. When you’re out of the fleet and in support, you’ve probably seen something of what they’re doing in training,” Pennington said. “You have an understanding of what’s going on.”
Pennington graduated with a degree in engineering from the University of Texas, where he spent four years in the Longhorn Band and also in the Navy ROTC. He was appointed second lieutenant in the Marine Corps in December 1972.
Following in the footsteps of his father, who served in the Navy for over 20 years, Pennington was motivated to become a pilot and this opportunity came to the Marine Corps, which belongs to the Navy Department.
Pennington began basic officer training in Quantico, Virginia, for six months, exposing him to a wide range of military tactics and operations. He then advanced to Naval Air Training Command in Pensacola, Florida.
After his designation as a naval aviator with his “golden wings” in October 1974, Pennington moved to the F-4 Phantom formation.
“Basically I was a fighter pilot,” he said.
He served in five USMC F-4 Phantom squads and was also a flight instructor before attending and graduating from the Marine Test Pilot School in 1985. He was assigned to the F-16 Falcon Test Squadron of the USMC. ‘Edwards AFB of California, where he participated in all aspects of the F-16 flight tests.
“Your observations and assessments are not good unless they can be explained,” he said.
He retired from the Marine Corps as a lieutenant colonel in March 1993. He later served as an F-16 test pilot for the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company and later became the first test chief and chief of staff. air shows at the Falcon. He has extensive experience in flight testing, test support, aircraft acceptance, aerial display and demonstration on the F-16 Falcon.
Troy and his wife of more than 50 years, Marilyn, also a graduate of UT Austin, are fully retired and reside in Texas, along with their two children, both married and five grandchildren.
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