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Danny Wilson Hamilton
Danny “graduated from the US Air Force Academy in 1968. Flew over 300 fighter combat missions in Vietnam, F-100, and Korat, A-7D. Spent 3 years as Ranger ALO at Fort Lewis to get an F-16. In 1978, assigned to Hill writing the Air to Ground manual for the F-16…bummer… Joined Air Force Reserve in 1979 to get back in the cockpit, 300 hours in the F-105 and over 1000 in the F-16.
Worked for TRW in the early 1980s including 2 years in Landsburg Germany working F-4F avionics. Started a small business, MicroLAN Enterprises, in 1983 (with Chip Taylor!), winning contracts with the US Air Force.
Won Gunsmoke ’87 and returned to active duty with the Reserve in 1988. Managed Reserve F-16 programs to upgrade aircraft creating high demand for Reserve forces, AIMGUNS (funnel), Radar Altimeter, Digital Terrain System (DTS), EW Integration, night lighting, Targeting Pod. ICAF in 1995 and back to Reserve duty in 1996 assigned to Edwards as MA to the Commander. Last AF flight…first glider…with Jimmy Doolittle the 3rd in the back seat. Retired in 1998.
Resumed business as Hamilton International providing consulting services to aviation programs from 1996 to 2002, primarily DTS and Digital Video Recording. Joined Lockheed Martin in 2002 to 2007 working the UAE F-16 Block 60 program. I restarted my business as The Hamilton Group, working on consulting, training, and vehicle management.
Married Jan after graduation, Patti during A-7D combat ops, Terry after Gunsmoke, and Karin at Lockheed.
Bought an RV in 2014 and married Xiurong Huang in Las Vegas. Currently living and loving the good life in Las Vegas!!!!”(1)
Source: (1) LinkedIn
- 1968-1975 612th TFS, 356th TFS, 426th TFS, (F-100, A07D)
- 1975-1978 Air Liaison Officer, 2/75th Ranger Battalion
- 1978-1979 F-16 Operational Training Development Team (F-16)
- 1979-1988 Reserve Pilot. Reserve representative to F-16 MNFP User’s Group, US Air Force’s Top F-16 Pilot and Overall Top Gun in the “Gunsmoke ’87” competition. (F-16)
- 1988-1996 Chief, F-16 Requirements Office (AFRES). Responsible for ensuring F-16 programs met user needs. Assisted in development, funding, and execution of programs with expenditures of $10 million each year. Developed and managed successful execution of Reserve specific programs including EEGS, Digital Terrain System, PC Mission Planning, Electronic Technical Orders, Modular Avionics, Integrated Electronic Warfare, and Quick Reaction Instrumentation Pod. Served as the Air Force Reserve representative to F-16 Multi-National Fighter Program’s (MNFP) Operational Sub-committee and Steering Committee.
- 1996-1997: Senior Reserve Advisor and Mobilization Assistant to the Air Force’s Director of Global Power Programs (SAF/AQP), Pentagon, DC. Provided advice and assistance to the Director and key staff on matters pertaining to Air Force Reserve Forces.
- 1997-1998: Mobilization Assistant (MA) to the Commander of the Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Served as assistant to Commander in all matters. Managed the Reserve Individual Mobility Assistant (IMA) program of over 160 individuals.
- 6/1998 Retired USAF
Awards & Decorations
US Air Force’s Top F-16 Pilot and Overall Top Gun in the “Gunsmoke ’87” competition.
F-16 Block 15/30
Flight Hours: >3500 hours
Combat Flight Hours: >500 hours
Military & Civilian Education
- 1968 BS/Physics, USAF Academy
- 1996 MS/Natural Resources Management, USC
- 1979 MS/Systems Management, USC
- 2015 PhD, Walden University