Virgin Galactic has hired two new pilots for its SpaceShipTwo flights. Frederick “CJ” Sturckow is a former US Marine Corps “Top Gun” fighter pilot and an ex-NASA astronaut who flew four times (STS-88, STS-105, STS-117 and STS-128) on the Space Shuttle commanding two of the missions (STS-117 and STS-128). Michael “Sooch” Masucci is a retired U.S. Air Force (USAF) fast jet and U-2 test pilot who joins Virgin Galactic from the private airline XOJET Inc where he flew Citation X aircraft.
An ex-NASA astronaut and a former test pilot joint Virgin Galactic’s pilot Corps
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