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JJ McCue to retire from Naval Test Pilot School after 49 years of instructing pilots and astronauts

March 29, 2016

John James (J.J.) McCue has retired from Naval Test Pilot School where he worked for 49 years. McCue however has been an instructor for 46 years. 

McCue graduated from Virginia Tech around 1967. McCue received both his masters and  bachelors at Virginia tech and both were in Aerospace engineering. After  his time at Virginia Tech McCue entered government service at NAS in Maryland. From there he was selected to attend the Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) school. In 1970 he was reassigned to academic instructor in 1970 where he has been working until recently. 

During his time at USNTPS McCue has trained over 2,700 flight test pilots who have served in the Navy, Army, Air Force and many other organizations. McCue has also trained all 73 of the astronauts that the Navy has produced. Besides just teaching at the USNTPS McCue has continually demonstrated an impressive record of original research and development projects. All his work has resulted in significant changes and improvements to the Navy, Army, Air Force , industry and academia test community. 

Besides being a teacher, and  mentor, McCue has also received many awards for his work. He received Michael J. Ripley USNTPS Instructor of the year.  In 1991 he received the Baltimore Federal Executive Board and Bronze Award for Excellence in Federal Career in Category II.a. Outstanding Professional - Technical, Scientific & Program Support. He received Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 2000 and in 2004 he received the NAVAIR Fellowship. These are just a few of McCues many awards.

McCues send off party from the Navy will be April 7th!