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I t's pitch black. Winds are raging. Rain is crashing against the windshield. Thunder is roaring through the night sky. Hours away from the nearest carrier and in an extremely hostile environment, two GE414- powered F18 fighters approach their target. Suddenly, the squadron leader's forward looking infrared stops working and he quickly gives the lead over to his wingman, the youngest pilot in his squadron. "Jonny, you got this?" Calm and resolute, Jonny answers, "Yeah, I've got this Skipper." Fast forward 15 years and Jon Ohman, or Jonny as he was known back then, is now GE Aviation's chief test pilot. He will also be the first person in the world to fly a GE9X-powered aircraft. Growing up in Santa Barbara, CA, Jon's dad would often bring him and his brother to see planes take off at the local airport. That is where Jon first began to ascertain his love for flight. But it wasn't until 1986 that Jon, a 13-year-old boy at the time, really discovered his passion for flying. "I was watching the movie Top Gun with some friends," Jon recalls. "That's when I looked up and said – that is exactly what I want to do. I want to fly fighters off of aircraft carriers." And that is exactly what Jon did. He began taking flying lessons at the age of 16 and received his private pilot's license at 17, all while attending San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara, CA. He still remembers the parting advice of his instructor after earning his wings. "Jon, stop what you're doing. Take a deep breath. Look around. You're flying an airplane. How cool is that?" 6 e-Military Product News for Aviation Fall 2017 F E AT U R E GE Aviation's Chief Test Pilot Tells All

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