WhiteKnightTwo

WhiteKnightTwo

Utilizing an open-architecture design and powered by four Pratt & Whitney turbofans, WhiteKnightTwo provides the high-altitude launch platform for SpaceShipTwo to achieve sub-orbital flight.

Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer

Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer

This record-breaking, single-place, aviation marvel features two external booms flanking a center pod where the pilot sits, on top of which is the aircraft's powerhouse, a Williams turbofan jet engine.

SpaceShipOne

SpaceShipOne

SpaceShipOne, the first private manned spacecraft, is a three-place, high-altitude research rocket, designed for sub-orbital flights at an altitude of 100 km and powered by a unique hybrid rocket motor.

White Knight

White Knight

Initially developed to provide a launch platform at 50,000 ft for SpaceShipOne, White Knight is a three-place, high-altitude, flexible and capable research aircraft.

Brian Binnie

Brian Binnie is a Program Business Manager and Test Pilot at Scaled Composites. He has 21 years flight test experience including 20 years of Naval Service in the Strike-Fighter community. He has logged over 4600 hours of flight time in 59 different aircraft and is a licensed Airline Transport Pilot.

Brian’s educational background includes a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and an M.S. in Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics from Brown University and an M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from Princeton University. He is a graduate of the U.S. Navy’s Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, MD and the Naval Aviation Safety School at Monterey CA.

He is a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and a published member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Flight Test Experience:

  * Scaled’s Model 318 White Knight
  * Scaled’s Model 316 SpaceShipOne
  * Roton Flight Test
  * F/A-18 Electronic Warfare Suite Testing and Integration
  * F/A-18 TSSAM Weapon Launch Envelope Expansion
  * A-6E TSSAM Weapon Launch Envelope Expansion
  * F/A-18 SLAM-ER Weapon Launch Envelope Expansion
  * A-6E SLAM-ER Weapon Launch Envelope Expansion
  * F/A-18 LEX Fence Performance Map
  * F/A-18 ATARS Transonic Handling Evaluation
  * A-7E Structural Flight Test Qualification Program
  * F/A-18 KC-10 Wing Tip Refueling Pod Evaluation
  * A-7E KC-10 Wing Tip Refueling Pod Evaluation
  * F/A-18 F404 2nd Source (Pratt & Whitney vs GE) Engine Envelope Expansion
  * F/A-18 Hi-Energy Nose Strut -T/Off and Landing Eval
  * F/A-18 First LGB Weapon Delivery Using Self-Lasing FLIR

Other Related Experience:

  * Completed for the ROTON: Hazard Analysis / Aircrew Checklists / Normal & Emergency Procedures
  * Conducted Flight Test / Developed Operational Flight Procedures (Tactics) / Provided Fleet Training (1 to 5 day course) for F/A-18 and AV-8B EW Suites.
  * Expanded curriculum to include Foreign Military Customers and provided in-country training to Finland, Malaysia and Italy
  * Wrote all the operational checklist and provided the Fleet Tactics Manual for the TSSAM Weapon System
  * Planned and executed the first (and only) radar chase of the Tomahawk cruise missile to demonstrate more effective surface fleet training
  * Prepared and briefed the Australian Air Force on new Operational Flight Software for their F/A-18 aircraft


Biography written during the time of the Tier One program.

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