Craig G. Colter


 

Preferred Name: Craig

Nickname/Call Sign: 

Date Of Birth: 06-14-1938

Highest Military Grade Held: Col., O6

Hometown: Eagar, AZ

Biography

Home Town: Eagar, AZ/Palo Alto, CA

I loved the Air Force. Nowhere else could I have been privileged to fly the wonderful machines and associate with the caliber of people that populated my world in the AF.

Units Assigned

  • 1960- Pilot Training, Moore AB and Laredo AFB, Tex (T-34, T-37, T-33)
  • 1962- F-100 RTU, Luke AFB, AZ
  • 1963-1965- 522TFS, Cannon AFB, NM (F-100, four months combat out of Danang AB, VN)
  • 1965-1966- 171st Infantry Brigade, Ft. Wainright, AK (ALO/FAC, Army U-6, T-33 at Eilson AFB)
  • 1966-1968- 4517 CTS, Luke AFB, AZ (F-100 Instructor)
  • 1968- USAF Aerospace Research Pilot’s School, Edwards AFB, CA (Test Pilot/Astronaut Training, various aircraft, including NF-104)
  • 1969- F-105 RTU, McConnell AFB, KS
  • 1969-1970- 354 TFS and 355 TFW, Ta Khli RTAFB, Thailand (F-105, Sqd. jock and also worked in Wing Weapons shop, flew combat missions)
  • 1970-1973- 3246 Test Wing/AFSC, Eglin AFB, FL (Dual current in F-4 and F-105, was Director of A-7 Seek Eagle Program, flew weapons test missions and development test missions for laser and EO guided weapons, other weapons)
  • 1973- 1975- 336 TFS, Seymour Johnson AFB, NC (F-4, Sqd. Operations Officer)
  • 1975-1976- War College, NATO Defense College, Rome, Italy
  • 1976-1978- NATO Hq, Air South, Naples, Italy (Operations Staff Officer)
  • 1978-1981- 388 TFW, Hill AFB, UT (F-4, F-16, was Wing ADO and DO, part of team that brought the first F-16 wing to operational readiness)
  • 1981-1982- Hq. TAC, Langley AFB, VA (Director of Fighter Requirements TAC/DRF, defined requirements for Dual Role Fighter/F-15E, and ATF-which developed into the FA-22, upgrades to F-16, F-15, and A-10)
  • 1982-1986- Hq. AFOTEC, Kirtland AFB, NM (Director of Test and Evaluation, directed efforts of test teams all over CONUS and Europe, including those testing space systems, aircraft, weapons, and communications systems)

Awards & Decorations

Flight Info

Military Educatio

  • USMA, West Point (Graduated 1960); War College (NATO Defense College, Rome, Italy, 1976), USAF Aerospace Research Pilot’s School (TPS-1969), Pilot training, various schools and several survival courses

Civilian Education

  • Palo Alto H.S. 1956
Biography

Biography

Home Town: Eagar, AZ/Palo Alto, CA

I loved the Air Force. Nowhere else could I have been privileged to fly the wonderful machines and associate with the caliber of people that populated my world in the AF.

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

  • 1960- Pilot Training, Moore AB and Laredo AFB, Tex (T-34, T-37, T-33)
  • 1962- F-100 RTU, Luke AFB, AZ
  • 1963-1965- 522TFS, Cannon AFB, NM (F-100, four months combat out of Danang AB, VN)
  • 1965-1966- 171st Infantry Brigade, Ft. Wainright, AK (ALO/FAC, Army U-6, T-33 at Eilson AFB)
  • 1966-1968- 4517 CTS, Luke AFB, AZ (F-100 Instructor)
  • 1968- USAF Aerospace Research Pilot’s School, Edwards AFB, CA (Test Pilot/Astronaut Training, various aircraft, including NF-104)
  • 1969- F-105 RTU, McConnell AFB, KS
  • 1969-1970- 354 TFS and 355 TFW, Ta Khli RTAFB, Thailand (F-105, Sqd. jock and also worked in Wing Weapons shop, flew combat missions)
  • 1970-1973- 3246 Test Wing/AFSC, Eglin AFB, FL (Dual current in F-4 and F-105, was Director of A-7 Seek Eagle Program, flew weapons test missions and development test missions for laser and EO guided weapons, other weapons)
  • 1973- 1975- 336 TFS, Seymour Johnson AFB, NC (F-4, Sqd. Operations Officer)
  • 1975-1976- War College, NATO Defense College, Rome, Italy
  • 1976-1978- NATO Hq, Air South, Naples, Italy (Operations Staff Officer)
  • 1978-1981- 388 TFW, Hill AFB, UT (F-4, F-16, was Wing ADO and DO, part of team that brought the first F-16 wing to operational readiness)
  • 1981-1982- Hq. TAC, Langley AFB, VA (Director of Fighter Requirements TAC/DRF, defined requirements for Dual Role Fighter/F-15E, and ATF-which developed into the FA-22, upgrades to F-16, F-15, and A-10)
  • 1982-1986- Hq. AFOTEC, Kirtland AFB, NM (Director of Test and Evaluation, directed efforts of test teams all over CONUS and Europe, including those testing space systems, aircraft, weapons, and communications systems)

Awards & Decorations

Flight Info

Military Educatio

  • USMA, West Point (Graduated 1960); War College (NATO Defense College, Rome, Italy, 1976), USAF Aerospace Research Pilot’s School (TPS-1969), Pilot training, various schools and several survival courses

Civilian Education

  • Palo Alto H.S. 1956