Tyler Robarge

Hertz Fellow: Tyler Robarge

Purdue University

Area of Study

Aeronautics, Astronautics

Fellowship Years

2003 - present

Tyler 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.

Tyler 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.