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Get to knowScott Kartvedt

Scott is currently a professional pilot and on the Board of Directors for the Blue Angel Foundation. He is an instructor and evaluator for United Airlines in Denver, Colorado, the number 5 pilot for the Patriot Jet Team, the only civilian jet demonstration team in North America, and was a stunt pilot in TOPGUN Maverick and was the aviation safety supervisor in Mission Impossible 8.

He lives in Colorado with his wife of 32 years, and his two sons are both naval aviators, following in their father’s footsteps.

Scott Kartvedt's Experiences

Scott Kartvedt watched Top Gun in the theater with his buddies in 1986 and dreamed of being a fighter pilot and landing jets on a carrier. Scott did it, unlike many others who had the same dream.
Upon graduation from Pepperdine University, Scott applied to the naval aviator program, was accepted, and began his career flying FA/18 Hornets. In 1999 Scott was selected as a member of the Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, stationed in Pensacola, FL, where he flew air shows for three seasons before returning to the fleet.

While leading the 250 Sailors of VFA-83, the unit was awarded the 2009 Commander Naval Air Forces Aviation Battle Efficiency Award, the CAPT Michael J. Estocin Award as the Navy’s Strike Fighter Squadron of the Year, and the 2010 CNO Safety Award.
He went on to serve during five combat deployments and flew 91 combat missions in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (3 tours) and ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan (2 tours), as well as the 1996 TAIWANESE CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS. He has accumulated over 6,300 flight hours and 658 carrier arrested landings on 11 aircraft carriers.

He finally served as the Navy’s first Commanding Officer of the only F-35C Stealth Strike Fighter Squadron in the US inventory, Strike Fighter Squadron ONE ZERO ONE, based in Eglin AFB, Florida, before retiring from the Navy and rejoining civilian life.

Scott's Flight Journey

The quick overview of my journey begins with flight training in December of 1991; I completed primary flight training and selected jets. I went to advanced training and discovered I liked the FAA 18 Hornet. Once I was trained to fly the FA-18 as a weapons system, my first operational tour was in Atsugi, Japan. Then I went to Iraq in 1996.

I became an FA 18 instructor pilot at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, CA, and Miramar, California. I was accepted to the Blue Angels and flew with the team for three years as the #7, #6, and then the #5 solo pilot.

After I returned to the fleet, I went to Iraq for shock and awe in 2003 in 2005 while stationed in Virginia Beach, VA. We moved to Colorado, where I was the Aide de Camp to the United States Northern Command, a four-star Admiral, and subsequently, United States Pacific Command.

Once I completed that assignment, I was selected to command an FA 18 squadron in 2008. I had two combat tours as the commanding officer of that fighter squadron, with two tours in Afghanistan in 2009 in 2010.

I ran the Navy’s F35 program at the Pentagon in 2011 and was selected as the Navy’s first stealth fighter squadron commanding officer, which I led for two years.

I retired in 2013 and currently fly for the Patriots jet team. I also flew the number 5 jet, was a stunt pilot in Top Gun Maverick, and was the aviation safety supervisor in Mission Impossible 8.

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