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Patricia L. Beckman

Flight Test Engineer

The Boeing Company

HQ Phone: (312) 544-2000

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Background Information

Employment History


US Navy


Founding Board Member

Founding Board Member
Sino-American Aviation Heritage Foundation

Board of Advisors Member
ArtReach-International LLC


US Naval Test Pilot School

B.S. degree

Aerospace Engineering

North Carolina State University

Bachelor of Science degree

Aerospace Engineering

North Carolina State University in Raleigh

Bachelor's degree

Aerospace Engineering

US Naval Test Pilot School

Bachelor’s degree

Aerospace Engineering

US Naval Test Pilot School

M.S. degree

Aeronautical Engineering

U.S. Naval Postgraduate School

Master's degree

Aeronautical Engineering

US Naval Test Pilot School

Master’s degree

Aeronautical Engineering. Â

US Naval Test Pilot School

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Trish Beckman in the F/A-18

Trish is one of the women described in the book Trailblazers: The Women of the Boeing Company that we talked about with author Betsy Case in Episode 382.
Trish tells us about testing military and commercial aircraft prior to delivery, the history of women in military aviation, and the role she and others played that led to the repeal of the combat exclusion laws. With an extensive aviation background, Trish doesn't disappoint as she tells us stories from her career, including a Kuwait F-18 experience that highlights different cultural views of women, specifically pilots, and how she and others responded. (Shhh, don’t tell anyone…)
Trish enlisted in the US Navy at age 18 and over the course of 28 years she learned to operate and maintain flight simulators, completed flight training as a Naval Flight Officer, graduating from US Naval Test Pilot School, earned a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering and a Master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Â
As a Naval Flight Officer, Trish flew in 67 types of military aircraft, with primary qualifications in the EC-130Q, F/A-18D, E-6A, S-3A/B, and F-15E. Â She was the first American woman to qualify as a crewmember in the F/A-18 (F/A-18D, 1990, Weapon Systems Officer) and the first woman to qualify as a crewmember in the F-15 (F-15E, 1992, Weapons Systems Officer).
In 1991, Trish and other women military aviators helped educate the US Senate on career restrictions caused by the 1948 “Aviation Combat Exclusion� laws, which directly led to the repeal of those laws. Since 1993 when President Clinton changed the policy regarding assignment of women to combat missions, women now fly all military aircraft in almost every military mission.
Since June 2013, Trish supports military aircraft flight test at Boeing Test & Evaluation at Edwards Air Force Base and China Lake, both in California. Â For the previous 12 years, she flew as a Systems Operator (similar to flight engineer) for production and engineering test flights of the Boeing 737, and as a Flight Test Navigator for ferry flights and engineering test flights for most Boeing aircraft (737, 747, 757, 767, 777, 787). Â She has logged over 6000 flight hours in 73 aircraft types.
Trish is a founding board member of Women in Aviation International (WAI) and a past president of Women Military Aviators, Inc. (WMA). Â She also mentors and supports women aviators worldwide, through such organizations as Canadian Women in Aviation (CWIA), Aviation and Women in Europe (AWE), the Russian Club of Women Aviators (Aviatrissa), Southern African Women in Aviation (SAWIA), and Women Aviators in Africa (WAFRIC).
Trish works to inspire and motivate young people to pursue careers in math, science, and aviation. Â She is a mentor for the Raisbeck Aviation High School in Seattle, a workshop presenter for Sally Ride Science Festivals around the country, and a mentor for several aerospace museums nationwide which encourage young people to navigate a path to success in the world of aviation.

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Commander Trish Beckman, Flight Test Director, Boeing Test & Evaluation


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Elisa Raney, Navy Helicopter Pilot; Patricia Beckman, Commander US Navy (retired) and flight test navigator for Boeing;

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Trish Beckman Flight Test Navigator Boeing

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Patricia Beckman, Commander U.S. Navy (ret) and flight test navigator for Boeing

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