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Brian Binnie
Brian Binnie

Brian Binnie


Mojave, CA USA

"It's really all about perseverance. I just had this attitude where failure was just not an option."

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Brian's work combines: Engineering, Armed Services, and Being Physically Active

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Day In The Life

Test Pilot

I help push the boundaries of powered flight by test piloting new aerospace technologies.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Aerospace, Aeronautical, and Astronautical/Space Engineering, General

    Brown University

  • Graduate Degree

    Aerospace, Aeronautical, and Astronautical/Space Engineering, General

    Princeton University

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    When he was a kid, he'd play with toy rockets and gliders; clearly his great passion from day one.

  • 2.

    Had to apply to naval test pilot school three times before he was finally accepted; flying was much harder than he'd expected.

  • 3.

    Final test came down to him landing an old jet on an aircraft carrier at night in a storm; says "you live your life for moments like that."

  • 4.

    Was in the Navy for 20 years; wanted to keep flying rather than work a desk job, went to Mojave to keep flight testing.

  • 5.

    Jumped into flight testing private spaceships, started pursuing Ansari X prize (flying a private aircraft into space on two occasions).

  • 6.

    They hit failure after failure, finally got something right: spaceships kept successfully flying higher and higher.

  • 7.

    After making it into space once, he was chosen for do-or-die second flight; it was successful, set winged aircraft altitude record.

  • 8.

    Even after flying into space, felt more out of his comfort zone later that week doing Late Show with David Letterman.