Lt Col Larry Brown, USAF Retired

Larry graduated from the University of N Colorado in 1974 with a BS degree in Physics and Earth Sciences and received his Air Force commission through the 4 year ROTC program.  In 1975, Larry graduated from pilot training at Williams AFB and flew the F-4E with the 512th Fighter squadron, Ramstein  Air Base, Germany.  From 1980 to 1983, Larry was assigned to the 425th Fighter Training Squadron as an instructor pilot in the F-5, Williams AFB and graduated from the Navy adversary course at Top Gun School, Miramar Naval Air Station in 1982.  Larry was also a graduate student at Arizona State University, School of Engineering.  At the 425th, Larry was chief of Dissimilar Aircraft Aerial Combat Training.  From 1983 to 1986, Larry was assigned to the Technology Development Branch, Air Force Human Research Laboratory (AFHRL), Air Force Systems Command, Williams AFB while also attached to the 425th as an F-5 instructor pilot.  He served as Chief Pilot, Research and Evaluation program for advanced aircrew training systems and as manager for the exploratory research and development project in visual display technology for fighter training systems.  He was also responsible for functional check flight of the A-10 and F-16 full field-of-view flight simulators at AFHRL.

In 1985, Larry was selected to the SR-71 program, 1st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron, Beale AFB, California where he flew over 100 classified operational missions from various overseas locations.  He also served as T-38 and SR-71 instructor pilot and Assistant Operations Officer at the 1st SRS.   In 1988, Larry served as operational (pilot) member of the accident board investigating the loss of an SR-71 off the coast of the Philippines.

In 1990, Larry separated from active duty to pursue a commercial career at American Airlines while also serving in the Air Force Reserves as an Admissions Officer for the Air Force Academy.  In 2000, Larry retired from the Air Force Reserves and in 2011, retired early as a 767 Captain from American Airlines.   While at American Larry accumulated over 13,000 hours in the Boeing 767, 757 and 737 as Captain or First Officer and 2000 hours as a DC-10 flight engineer.

Larry has over 18,000 hours of flight time in military and commercial aviation.  In retirement, Larry has become an avid mountain climber, climbing some of the world's tallest mountains and leading climbing expeditions.

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