GEORGE BYE'S MILITARY CAREER
ENGINEERING SCHOOL AT UW AND USAF ROTC:
George attended the University of Washington in Seattle 1976-1980. In addition to his engineering studies, he recieved a USAF pilot ROTC scholarship and rose through the cadet ranks. He graduated having achieved the rank of Cadet Colonel and ROTC Wing Commander. Upon graduation in June of1980, he earned both his Engineering degree and became a USAF 2nd Lieutenant. As an ROTC Distiguished Graduate, George was offered the selection of his pilot training base, choosing Williams AFB in beautiful Phoenix, Arizona, because it was the number one Undergraduate Pilot Training Base (UTB) at the time.
UNDERGRADUATE PILOT TRAINING:
George started USAF active duty and commenced UPT in early 1981. There, he flew the subsonic and capable Cessna T-37 and later, the supersonic Northrop T-38 - an experience in which he both excelled and relished. George earned his USAF pilot wings in March of 1982 and as a UPT Distinguished Graduate selected the strategic Lockheed C-141 jet transport at McChord AFB, near Seattle.
T-38s at ENJJPT:
After a successful tour in C-141's at McChord AFB, his commander offered him the prestigous opportunity to fly T-38's at the new NATO undergraduate pilot training program called "Euro-NATO-Joint-Jet-Pilot-Training" or "ENJJPT" in Wichita Falls, Texas. The unique program was 'fighter-pilot-only' oriented in its training syllabus, combining many aspects of USAF UPT with fighter pilot flying skills - heavily emphasizing formation and tactical flight training and adding 2 additional, advanced "check rides" for the European NATO pilot candidates . Successful graduates from ENJJPT were selected to fly the most advanced jet fighters of the Cold War era. As George progressed from 1983 through his 5 year tour at ENJJPT, he trained student pilots in the supersonic T-38. He also became an Applied Aerodynamics Instructor and updated the aerodynamics course text. Later on, George advanced to Chief of the T-38 Academics Branch. He also began to instruct fellow pilots that were transitioning to their new instructor pilot duties at ENJJPT (the pilot instructor training ("PIT") program.) George completed his 5-year ENJJPT tour with 1,000 flight hours in the supersonic T-38, a formative experience that would later be important to his future aerospace career.
In 1989, George returned to McChord AFB and the C-141 in a reserve squadron, but was soon very active in worldwide missions to Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, with special contigency operations in Panama, Peru, and El Salvador. In 1990, Desert Shield (later "Desert Storm") commenced and George was among the first re-called to active duty, to spend much of the war deployed flying missions into the Middle East from AFB bases in Europe. The Desert Storm mission tempo was extreme, with 1,000 C-141 flying hours in a single year. Following Desert Storm, George flew missions supporting US Contingency Ops in Somolia, finally leaving the Air Force in 1993 with almost 4,000 flight hours and a passion for aerospace.