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Eileen Bjorkman has been involved with aviation for most of her adult life. She holds an Airline Transport Pilot rating and is a Certificated Flight Instructor with 2,000 hours of flying time. Her specialties are aerobatics and tailwheel flying, and she owns a 2003 Super Decathlon.
In addition to her civilian pilot time, she was a flight test engineer in the USAF, where she flew more than 700 hours in 25 different types of military aircraft, primarily the F-4, F-16, C-130, and C-141. She retired from the Air Force in 2010 as a colonel.
She has both MS and BS degrees in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in Ohio, and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Washington in Seattle. She also has a PhD in Systems Engineering from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.
She has had articles and essays in Air & Space/Smithsonian, Aviation History, Sport Aviation, the Everett Daily Herald, the Herald Business Journal, Equinox: Poetry & Prose, Portland Magazine and a wide variety of technical journals.