William F. Royce


Preferred Name: Bill
Nickname/Call Sign: Bill
Date Of Birth: November 9, 1946
Highest Military Grade Held: Captain, O3
Hometown: Seattle, WA

Biography

“I was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force in December 1968 after earning an engineering degree at the University of Washington in Seattle.  After graduating from UPT at Randolph AFB in 1969, I attended F-100 training and subsequently spent a year flying the F-100 at England AFB in Louisiana.
I then attended OV-10 school at Hurlburt Field, Florida and served a combat tour from NKP Thailand from 1971-1972 and returned to Hurlburt Field as an Instructor Pilot.  In 1974 I was assigned to the 33rd TFW and 59th TFS at Eglin AFB and attended F-4 training with the 308th TFS at Homestead AFB.  From 1976-1979 I was assigned to the 86th TFG and the 526th TFS at Ramstein AB, Germany and served as an IP and Flight Examiner in both air-to-air and air-to-ground roles.
After leaving the Air Force in 1979, I began flying at the Boeing Co. in Seattle and served as an Instructor Pilot in the B737, 747-400, B757/767 and B777. Eventually, I became Chief Pilot Flight Technical, then Chief Pilot Flight Training, and B777 Chief Pilot Technical and retired as Chief Pilot Research/Boeing in 2008.
In 2010 I returned as an Engineering Test Pilot, test flying the 737, 747-8 Freighter, 777, and the 787. Then retired again!
The flying skills I gained in the F-100 were measurably beneficial to my flying skills later in the F-4E and in Boeing airplanes throughout my aviation career.”
Bill Roycehas been a lifelong amateur photographer for over 50 years. His photography focuses primarily on street photography, but his body of work also includes numerous airplane images from his years as an Air Force pilot. As a teacher, Bill conducts periodic courses in Street Photography at Kenmore Camera, Kenmore, WA, addressing both the artistic and technical aspects.
In 2013 he was named a certified expert in Adobe Lightroom. A member of the LHSA – The International Leica Society, his work has been featured in the Viewfinder several times. Bill is active in the local Seattle photography scene, serving as Past-President for the Puget Sound Camera Club, from 2012-2014.  In 2014 he participated in the Photographic Cultural Tour of Cuba.

Units Assigned

1968 Commissioned 2nd LT
1969 UPT, Randolph AFB
1970 F-100 Training, Luke AFB (F-100D, F)
1970-1971 England AFB, LA (F-100D, F)
1971 OV-10 school, Hulburt Field, FL (OV-10A)
1971-1972 NKP Thailand (OV-10A)
1972-1974 Instructor Pilot, Hulburt Field, FL (OV-10A)
1974 1975 59th Tactical Fighter Squadron/33rd Tactical Fighter Wing, Eglin AFB, (F-4E)
1975-1976 308th Tactical Fighter Wing, Homestead AFB, (F-4E)
1976-1979 526th Tactical Fighter Squadron/86th Tactical Fighter Group, Ramstein, Germany (F-4E)
1979 Separated from USAF

Awards & Decorations

 Distinguished Flying Cross (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
 Air Medal (with 13 Oak Leaf Clusters)
 Vietnam Service Medal
 AF Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
 Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry (2)

Flight Info

F-100 D/F
OV-10A
F-4 E
Commercial

B-727
B-737 (all versions from -200 to -900)
B-747-100, -400, -8
B-757
B-767-200, -300, -400
B-777-200, -300, -300ER, -200LR
B-787-8

Military Education

Civilian Education

1968 BSAA Aeronautics & Astronautics, University of Washington
1987 MBA, City Univerity of Seattle, WA

Biography

Biography

“I was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force in December 1968 after earning an engineering degree at the University of Washington in Seattle.  After graduating from UPT at Randolph AFB in 1969, I attended F-100 training and subsequently spent a year flying the F-100 at England AFB in Louisiana.
I then attended OV-10 school at Hurlburt Field, Florida and served a combat tour from NKP Thailand from 1971-1972 and returned to Hurlburt Field as an Instructor Pilot.  In 1974 I was assigned to the 33rd TFW and 59th TFS at Eglin AFB and attended F-4 training with the 308th TFS at Homestead AFB.  From 1976-1979 I was assigned to the 86th TFG and the 526th TFS at Ramstein AB, Germany and served as an IP and Flight Examiner in both air-to-air and air-to-ground roles.
After leaving the Air Force in 1979, I began flying at the Boeing Co. in Seattle and served as an Instructor Pilot in the B737, 747-400, B757/767 and B777. Eventually, I became Chief Pilot Flight Technical, then Chief Pilot Flight Training, and B777 Chief Pilot Technical and retired as Chief Pilot Research/Boeing in 2008.
In 2010 I returned as an Engineering Test Pilot, test flying the 737, 747-8 Freighter, 777, and the 787. Then retired again!
The flying skills I gained in the F-100 were measurably beneficial to my flying skills later in the F-4E and in Boeing airplanes throughout my aviation career.”
Bill Roycehas been a lifelong amateur photographer for over 50 years. His photography focuses primarily on street photography, but his body of work also includes numerous airplane images from his years as an Air Force pilot. As a teacher, Bill conducts periodic courses in Street Photography at Kenmore Camera, Kenmore, WA, addressing both the artistic and technical aspects.
In 2013 he was named a certified expert in Adobe Lightroom. A member of the LHSA – The International Leica Society, his work has been featured in the Viewfinder several times. Bill is active in the local Seattle photography scene, serving as Past-President for the Puget Sound Camera Club, from 2012-2014.  In 2014 he participated in the Photographic Cultural Tour of Cuba.

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

1968 Commissioned 2nd LT
1969 UPT, Randolph AFB
1970 F-100 Training, Luke AFB (F-100D, F)
1970-1971 England AFB, LA (F-100D, F)
1971 OV-10 school, Hulburt Field, FL (OV-10A)
1971-1972 NKP Thailand (OV-10A)
1972-1974 Instructor Pilot, Hulburt Field, FL (OV-10A)
1974 1975 59th Tactical Fighter Squadron/33rd Tactical Fighter Wing, Eglin AFB, (F-4E)
1975-1976 308th Tactical Fighter Wing, Homestead AFB, (F-4E)
1976-1979 526th Tactical Fighter Squadron/86th Tactical Fighter Group, Ramstein, Germany (F-4E)
1979 Separated from USAF

Awards & Decorations

 Distinguished Flying Cross (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
 Air Medal (with 13 Oak Leaf Clusters)
 Vietnam Service Medal
 AF Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
 Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry (2)

Flight Info

F-100 D/F
OV-10A
F-4 E
Commercial

B-727
B-737 (all versions from -200 to -900)
B-747-100, -400, -8
B-757
B-767-200, -300, -400
B-777-200, -300, -300ER, -200LR
B-787-8

Military Education

Civilian Education

1968 BSAA Aeronautics & Astronautics, University of Washington
1987 MBA, City Univerity of Seattle, WA

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