Richard G. "Dick" Ewers is a research pilot in the Flight Crew Branch at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif. His research flying duties have spanned flying highly modified F/A-18 aircraft in high-speed flight research to piloting NASA's world-travelling DC-8 flying science laboratory and Gulfstream III aircraft for NASA's Airborne Science Program. He has logged more than 12,750 hours of military and civilian flight experience over 43 years in a wide variety of aircraft ranging from jet fighters to blimps.
Ewers came to NASA Dryden in May 1998 after serving for more than eight years as an engineering test pilot with Northrop Grumman’s Electronic Sensors and Systems Division, formerly Westinghouse’s Electronic Systems Group. While with Westinghouse/Northrop-Grumman, he flight tested emerging radar and forward-looking infrared systems under development for military and civilian use.
Before joining Westinghouse, Ewers served for more than 21 years in the U.S. Marine Corps as a fighter and test pilot, flying F-4, A-4, and F/A-18 aircraft. He completed flight training at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., in 1970, and subsequently served in both fighter/attack and reconnaissance squadrons before ultimately commanding an F-4S squadron for two years. His military flying included combat service in Vietnam and operational exchange tours with both U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force squadrons flying F-4s around the world, including launches from and landings on aircraft carriers.
Ewers graduated from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in 1981 and then served two tours as a test pilot at the Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, Md. Most of his military flight test experience was with the F-4S Phantom II and F/A-18 Hornet aircraft. He retired from the Marine Corps in 1989 with the rank of lieutenant colonel.
Ewers graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science in engineering mechanics. He earned a Master of Science in aeronautical systems from the University of West Florida in 1970.