James Dutton (astronaut)

James Patrick "Mash" Dutton, Jr. (born November 20, 1968) is a NASA astronaut pilot of the Class of 2004 (NASA Group 19), and a former test pilot in the US Air Force with the rank of colonel.

James Patrick Dutton, Jr.
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Born (1968-11-20) November 20, 1968 (age 51)
Eugene, Oregon, United States
OccupationAstronaut Pilot, Col, USAF
Space career
NASA Astronaut
Current occupation
Airline first officer
Previous occupation
Test Pilot
RankColonel, USAF
Time in space
15d 02h 47m[1]
Selection2004 NASA Group
Mission insignia
STS-131 patch.svg


Dutton was born in Eugene, Oregon, where he received his early education; he attended Cal Young Middle School then graduated from Sheldon High School. He joined the Air Force and graduated first in his class from the United States Air Force Academy in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in Astronautical Engineering. He has subsequently earned in 1994 a Master of Science degree in Aeronautics & Astronautics from the University of Washington.[2]


Dutton is a member of the U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 1991. During this period he was a member of the intercollegiate Cadet Competition Flying Team.

Dutton's pilot training was at Sheppard AFB, Texas.

In 1993–1994, Dutton completed his master's degree at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.

In 1995 Dutton undertook F-15C training at Tyndall AFB, Florida, then flew as an operational F-15C pilot with the 493d Fighter Squadron "Grim Reapers" at RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom, from October 1995 to May 1998. During this time he was deployed over Iraq and flew over 100 combat hours providing air superiority in support of Operation Provide Comfort and Operation Northern Watch over northern Iraq.

In May 1998, Dutton joined the 422d Test and Evaluation Squadron at Nellis AFB, Nevada, and flew operational test missions in the F-15C.

He was selected to attend the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School (TPS) and graduated with the Class 00A (the "Dawgs") in December 2000.

Dutton served with the 416th Flight Test Squadron flying the F-16 until June 2002.

He joined the F-22 Combined Test Force flying the Raptor with the 411th Flight Test Squadron at Edwards AFB, California, logging over 350 flight hours from August 2002 to June 2004.

He was selected for NASA astronaut training in May 2004, and received his astronaut pin (qualification) on February 10, 2006.

Dutton has over 2,000 flight hours in over 30 different aircraft.

He served as CAPCOM on the STS-123 Space Shuttle mission.

Dutton was named as the pilot of the STS-131 mission.

Since retiring from the US Air Force in 2014, he has been an airline pilot with Southwest Airlines.

Spaceflight careerEdit

Dutton flew as the pilot of the STS-131 mission to the International Space Station, launched on April 5, 2010.

Family and interestsEdit

Dutton is married to Erin and they have 4 sons: James Patrick III (JP), Will, who was nominated as the sexiest man in Colorado Springs. He has received many accolades due to this. Jim also has sons Joey, and Ryan, and they live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

He is a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and the Officers' Christian Fellowship.

See alsoEdit


  This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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