James Dutton (astronaut)

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James Patrick Dutton Jr.
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NASA Astronaut
Nationality American
Status Active
Born (1968-11-20) November 20, 1968 (age 45)
Eugene, Oregon, United States
Other occupation Astronaut Pilot, Col, USAF
Current occupation Test Pilot
Rank Colonel
Time in space 15d 02h 47m[1]
Selection 2004 NASA Group
Missions STS-131
Mission insignia STS-131 patch.svg

James Patrick "Mash" Dutton Jr. (20 November 1968, Eugene, Oregon) is a NASA astronaut pilot of the Class of 2004 (NASA Group 19), and a test pilot in the US Air Force with the rank of Colonel.

Education[edit]

Dutton received his early education in Eugene, he attended Cal Young Middle School then graduated from Sheldon High School, then joined the Air Force and graduated first in his class from the United States Air Force Academy in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in Astronautical Engineering. He has subsequently been awarded in 1994 a Master of Science degree in Aeronautics & Astronautics from the University of Washington.[2]

Career[edit]

Dutton is a member of the U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 1991. During this period he was a member of the intercollegiate Cadet Competition Flying Team.

Dutton's pilot training was at Sheppard AFB, Texas.

In 1993-1994, Dutton completed his Master's degree at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.

In 1995 Dutton undertook F-15C training at Tyndall AFB, Florida, then flew as an operational F-15C pilot with the 493d Fighter Squadron "Grim Reapers" at RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom, from October 1995 to May 1998. During this time he was deployed over Iraq and flew over 100 combat hours providing air superiority in support of Operation Provide Comfort and Operation Northern Watch over northern Iraq.

In May 1998, Dutton joined the 422d Test and Evaluation Squadron at Nellis AFB, Nevada, and flew operational test missions in the F-15C.

He was selected to attend the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School (TPS) and graduated with the Class 00A (the "Dawgs") in December 2000.

Dutton served with the 416th Flight Test Squadron flying the F-16 until June 2002.

He joined the F-22 Combined Test Force flying the Raptor with the 411th Flight Test Squadron at Edwards AFB, California, logging over 350 flight hours from August 2002 to June 2004.

He was selected for NASA astronaut training in May 2004, and received his astronaut pin (qualification) on 10 February 2006.

Dutton has over 2,000 flight hours in over 30 different aircraft.

He served as CAPCOM on the STS-123 Space Shuttle mission.

Dutton was named as the pilot of the STS-131 mission.

Spaceflight career[edit]

Dutton flew as the pilot of the STS-131 mission to the International Space Station, launched on April 5, 2010.

Family and interests[edit]

Dutton is married to Erin and they have four sons.

He is a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and the Officers' Christian Fellowship.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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