Carl J. Magnusson
Carl Magnusson is an unmanned aircraft system pilot and flight navigator at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards, Calif.
Magnusson is a pilot for NASA's Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system and a navigator for both NASA's DC-8 flying laboratory and C-20A research aircraft. He is responsible for mission planning and operation of multiple aircraft types that perform a wide variety of airborne science research activities.
Magnusson has served in the U.S. Air Force on both active and reserve duty for more than 22 years. During this time he attended undergraduate navigator training and undergraduate pilot training.
He holds senior pilot and senior navigator ratings with more than 4,500 flight hours. He has flown the KC-135, DC-8, T-37, T1-A, BE-200 and Global Hawk. Magnusson is an FAA-licensed commercial pilot and flight navigator.
Magnusson is a lieutenant colonel in the U. S. Air Force Reserve assigned to the Future Operations Division of the Operations Directorate, Headquarters United States Pacific Command in Hawaii.
Magnusson earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma in Norman. He also earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. He was awarded NASA Group Achievement awards in 2007 and 2008. Among military honors, he has received the Meritorious Service Medal, the Aerial Achievement Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Antarctica Service Medal.