Robarge is an F-22 experimental test pilot with the U.S. Air Force stationed at
Edwards Air Force Base in California. He attended the U.S. Air Force Academy in
Colorado Springs, Colorado, from 1999-2003, where he was the top graduate in
the class of 2003 and received a BS in aeronautical engineering. He attended
Purdue University as a Hertz Fellow from 2003 to 2005, receiving his MS in
aeronautical engineering. While at Purdue, his research focused on
computational methods of predicting laminar-to-turbulent boundary layer
transition on representative shapes at hypersonic speeds.
is currently on a military leave of absence from the Hertz Fellowship. After
graduating from Purdue, Tyler attended pilot training in Georgia, Texas, and
Arizona and became an F-16 pilot with operational tours in Italy and South
Korea. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 and flew sixty-two combat missions as
part of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. In 2013, he attended the Empire Test
Pilots’ School in the United Kingdom as an exchange officer for the U.S. Air
Force, where he was awarded the McKenna Trophy as the top test pilot graduate.
He was then stationed at Edwards AFB, where he spent one year in the Joint
Strike Fighter program as an F-16 pilot. In January of 2015, he transitioned to
the F-22 Consolidated Test Force, where he currently serves as one of five Air
Force F-22 test pilots. He is a major in the Air Force and was recently
selected for promotion to lieutenant colonel.