William B. Scott
July 11, 2009
William B. Scott recently retired as the Rocky Mountain Bureau Chief for Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine, based in Colorado Springs, CO. In 22 years with Aviation Week, he also served as Senior National Editor in Washington, and in Avionics and Senior Engineering Editor positions in Los Angeles. He focused primarily on advanced aerospace and weapons technology, business, flight testing and military operations, wrote more than 2,500 stories for the magazine, and received 16 editorial awards. He co-authored the book, Inside the Stealth Bomber: The B-2 Story, with Col. Rick Couch, a test pilot who directed the B-2 test program in its early days.
Scott is a Flight Test Engineer (FTE) graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School (Masters equivalent) and a licensed commercial pilot with instrument and multiengine ratings. In 12 years of military and civilian flight testing, plus evaluating aircraft for Aviation Week over 22 years, he logged approximately 2,000 flight hours on 78 aircraft types. He holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University-Sacramento.
During a nine-year Air Force career, Scott served as aircrew on classified nuclear sampling missions; an electronics engineering officer at the National Security Agency; and an instrumentation and flight test engineer. He also worked as a civilian FTE/program manager and proposal group manager for three aerospace companies: General Dynamics (F-16 Full Scale Development program), Falcon Jet Corp. (Coast Guard HU-25A development and certification), and Tracor Flight Systems Inc. (Canadair Challenger development and certification, plus numerous fighter, transport and helicopter test programs).
Scott is a five-time Royal Aeronautical Society "Journalist of the Year" finalist. He won the Society’s 1998 Lockheed Martin Award for the "Best Defense Submission," and was co-winner of the 2006 Messier-Dowty award for "Best Airshow Submission." He also was part of an Aviation Week team that won a 2004 Neal Award for its coverage of the space shuttle Columbia tragedy. A Neal award is the business-to-business magazine equivalent of a newspaper Pulitzer Prize.
- See essays by this author:
- Space Wars: The First Six Hours of World War III
- See selected books by this author:
- Counterspace: The Next Hours of World War III