chase pilot

chase pilot

[′chās ‚pī·lət]
(aerospace engineering)
A pilot who flies an escort airplane and advises another pilot who is making a check, training, or research flight in another craft.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Monte Cannon, a project pilot and 416th FLTS F-16 chase pilot for the mission.
In the year and a half I had been acting as a safety chase pilot flying a T-38, F-4 or F-104, the XB-70 had many close calls.
The takeoff chase pilot launched first, climbed over Rogers Dry Lake, and pulled up into a downwind pattern opposite the heading of the XB-70, which was awaiting start of takeoff roll on Runway 04.
Chase pilots routinely accompanied the XB-70 on every flight.
Flight procedures had not been published nor briefed to safety chase pilots on any special precautions to be taken in flying very close to the XB-70.
Because of its many mechanical problems, chase pilots nicknamed it "Cecil, the Seasick Sea Serpent." Marrett tells the story of one sad flight in June 1966, when his regular T-38 mission was changed because the number two Valkyrie had crashed north of Barstow.