Jeffrey H. Wilson is a research navigator in the Flight Crew Branch of the Flight Operations Directorate at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA.
An employee of NASA contractor Jacobs Engineering, he is currently one of the navigators of the highly modified Boeing 747SP that serves as the platform for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, flying observatory. He also flies as a mission navigator on NASA's DC-8 airborne science flying laboratory and as a mission director on the C-20.
Wilson first joined NASA in May 2011 and began flying as a navigator on the SOFIA and DC-8, deploying on several airborne science campaigns, including Operation IceBridge over the Antarctic and the Pluto occultation mission which required timing be within plus/minus 30 seconds on target. He has improved the mission planning process by revamping all mission planning checklists and automating the process of entering data into the Flight Management System.
Wilson was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps in 1987. His initial assignment was as a Navigator on B-52 bombers. He flew combat sorties during DESERT STORM and was awarded an Air Medal. He served on the USSTRATCOM Staff as Chief of B-2 Plans, Operations Officer of RED FLAG and commanded the 5th Expeditionary Air Support Operations Squadron during Operation Iraqi Freedom being awarded a Bronze Star.
Wilson concluded his military career running an operating location conducting Operational Test and Evaluation on the B-2, CV-22, F-22, and F-35 for AFOTEC, after 23 years retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in May 2011.
Wilson earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1987 from Valdosta State College and a Masters of Aeronautical Science in 1997 from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He has logged over 5,000 flight hours in the B-52G, B-52H, E-3A, F-16, F-18, DC-8, B747, and C-20.