By Jeff Gaye – Major Jameel Janjua, a fighter pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force RCAF, has joined some exclusive company. He recently finished at the top of the Test Pilot Course at the United States Air Force USAF Test Pilot School TPS at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
Although he joins Major Joshua Kutryk 2012 and Colonel retired Chris Hadfield 1988 as Canadian recipients of TPS’ Liethen-Tittle Award, Major Janjua doesn’t feel that he particularly stands out among RCAF pilots.
“For an individual, [the award] is a nice thing, of course,” he said. But he says the drive toward excellence is part of the culture of the RCAF in general and the test pilot fraternity in particular.
“In this business of flight testing, from a fighter perspective, this is their approach to everything they do,” he said. “The guys and gals who do this stuff are pretty driven people.” His own success, he says, “is telling of the level of training we get” in the RCAF.
Major Janjua served with 425 Tactical Fighter Squadron at 3 Wing Bagotville, Quebec, before the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment AETE, located at 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta, selected him to take the year-long test pilot course.He will remain at Edwards Air Force Base as an exchange officer, although it’s anticipated that he will be posted to AETE following his exchange period in the United States.