Test Pilot of the year

04/07/2011 – Second Line of Defense would like to congratulate LtCol “Squirt” Kelly USMC Test Pilot of the Year


Photo Credit:  Naval Air Systems Command, April 2011


On Thursday, Feb. 10, the John H. Glenn squadron of the Marine Corps Aviation Association (MCAA) recognized Lt. Col. Matthew “Squirt” Kelly of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 and the F-35 integrated test team as their test pilot of the year.

On Thursday, Feb. 10, the John H. Glenn squadron of the Marine Corps Aviation Association (MCAA) recognized Lt. Col. Matthew “Squirt” Kelly of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 and the F-35 integrated test team as their test pilot of the year.

Lt. Col. Kelly’s is both a pilot’s pilot, but he is also a gracious and understanding Marine Officer who is the personification of being part of the Navy/Marine Team.

It’s an honor to have been nominated and selected,” said Kelly. “The real credit goes to the outstanding flight test team of the Integrated Test Force at VX-23. I’m proud that future generations of Marine aviators will benefit from the work our team is doing here.


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*** Read our interview with Lt. Col. Kelly

"If everyone is thinking alike, someone isn’t thinking."

—General George Patton Jr.

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