Status: Inactive; Active 2004-2012. Born: 1968-11-20. Spaceflights: 1 . Total time in space: 15.12 days. Birth Place: Eugene, Oregon.
Official NASA Biography as of June 2016:James P. Dutton, Jr. (COLONEL, U.S. AIR FORCE)
NASA ASTRONAUT (FORMER)
PERSONAL DATA: Born in November 1968 in Eugene, Oregon. Married to the former Erin Ruhoff, also from Eugene. They have four sons€”J.P., Will, Joey and Ryan. Dutton's parents, James Sr. and Nita Dutton, live in Newberg, Oregon. Erin's parents, Rod and Nancy Ruhoff, live in Eugene, Oregon.
ORGANIZATIONS: Society of Experimental Test Pilots, U.S. Air Force Academy Association of Graduates, Officers' Christian Fellowship, and Trinity Fellowship church.
SPECIAL HONORS: Top graduate from the United States Air Force Academy (1991), Distinguished Graduate from Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training (1992), and top graduate from F-15C student training (1995) and the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School (2000). TIME magazine College Achievement Award recipient (1990). Bobby Bond award for top Air Force test pilot in 2003. Military decorations include a Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, and 10 Aerial Achievement Medals.
EXPERIENCE: Dutton has more than 3,300 flight hours in over 30 different aircraft. Prior to joining NASA, he tested the F-22 Raptor with the 411th Flight Test Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base (AFB), California. He logged more than 350 F-22 flight hours between August 2002 and June 2004 performing avionics testing and high-risk envelope expansion testing.
As a member of the U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 1991, Dutton was a member of the intercollegiate Cadet Competition Flying Team and Cadet Squadrons CS-12 "Dirty Dozen" and CS-29 "Black Panthers." After graduation, he attended undergraduate pilot training at Sheppard AFB, Texas. He went on to complete his advanced studies at the University of Washington in Seattle from 1993-1994 prior to attending F-15C training at Tyndall AFB, Florida, in 1995. Dutton flew as an operational F-15C pilot with the 493rd Fighter Squadron "Grim Reapers" at RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom, from October 1995 to May 1998. He has flown over 100 combat hours providing air superiority in support of Operations Provide Comfort and Northern Watch over northern Iraq.
In May 1998, Dutton was reassigned to the 422nd Test & Evaluation Squadron at Nellis AFB, Nevada, where he 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 Class 00A in December 2000. After TPS, he flight tested the F-16 as a member of the 416th Flight Test Squadron until June 2002, when he joined the F-22 Combined Test Force.
NASA EXPERIENCE: Dutton was selected in May 2004 as one of 14 members of the 19th NASA astronaut class. In February 2006 he completed Astronaut Candidate Training that included scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in Shuttle and International Space Station systems, physiological training, T-38 flight training, and water and wilderness survival training. Dutton was initially assigned to the Exploration Branch working on the development of the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) cockpit and to the Capcom Branch as a shuttle capsule communicator. He served as Ascent/Entry Capcom for STS-122 in February 2008, and STS-123 in March 2008. In 2010 Dutton was the pilot on the crew of STS-131 and has logged over 362 hours in space.
SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: STS-131 Discovery (April 5-20, 2010), a resupply mission to the International Space Station, was launched at night from the Kennedy Space Center. On arrival at the station, Discovery's crew dropped off more than 27,000 pounds of hardware, supplies and equipment, including a tank full of ammonia coolant that required three spacewalks to hook it up, new crew sleeping quarters, and three experiment racks. On the return journey the MPLM (Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module) inside Discovery's payload bay was packed with over 6,000 pounds of hardware, science results, and trash. The STS-131 mission was accomplished in 15 days, 02 hours, 47 minutes,10 seconds, and traveled 6,232,235 statute miles in 238 orbits.
Official NASA Biography - May 2004
Jim Dutton, Pilot
BORN: Eugene, Oregon
EDUCATION: BS, Aeronautical Engineering, USAF Academy, 1991; MS, Aeronautics & Astronautics, University of Washington, 1994
CURRENT JOB: F/A-22 Test Pilot, Edwards AFB, CA
QUICK FACT: Flew combat air patrols over Northern Iraq during the 1990s
QUOTE: "When I was growing up, I had a poster of Neil Armstrong hanging on my bedroom wall."
Jim Dutton was just a little too young to remember when, on July 20, 1969, humans first walked on the moon. Yet, that moment was a big part of his childhood. "When I was growing up, I had a poster of Neil Armstrong hanging on my bedroom wall," he says.
Now, Dutton may be getting his own chance to follow in Armstrong's famous steps. He's scheduled to begin astronaut training as a pilot this summer at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.
He will be part of an astronaut candidate class fully focused on fulfilling the new Vision for Space Exploration, which calls for returning humans to the moon, setting up a base there, and eventually sending people to Mars.
"I hope to be in on the ground work," Dutton says. "As a test pilot, I would love to be in on the development of the Crew Exploration Vehicle."
Dutton is a major in the U.S. Air Force and his most recent assignment has been as an F/A-22 test pilot at Edwards Air Force Base in California. During the 1990s, he flew F-15 combat air patrols over the no-fly zone in northern Iraq.
Dutton has degrees from the U.S. Air Force Academy and the University of Washington, but he says he was inspired to become an astronaut in middle school. "I was always interested in outer space, always looking at the stars," he said. "When I was in 7th grade, I got an assignment to research my dream job for career day. I thought, 'Why not an astronaut?' The school librarian, Mrs. Linda Ague, helped me do the research, and it was then I got my first glimpse of what it took to be an astronaut."
He also spent a lot of time learning about the space program with his father. "My dad and I watched a lot of documentaries," he says. "We were real documentary junkies." Dutton had a "middle-America upbringing" in Eugene, Oregon, where he attended Sheldon High School. His parents ran a small company, and he and his siblings -- a brother and a sister -- spent a lot of their free time playing sports and enjoying the outdoors. "I love Oregon," he says. "I really miss it."
Dutton, 35, now has a family of his own. He and his wife are the parents of three boys ages six, three, and eight months. They've lived at Edwards for the last four and a half years but are looking forward to moving to Houston.
"The decisions that will have to be made over the next few years will set the course for the exploration vision," Dutton says. "It's going to be a real honor to make a contribution to that."
The group was selected to provide pilot and mission specialists for post-ISS spaceflights to the moon and beyond. Qualifications: Pilots: Bachelor's degree in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics. Advanced degree desirable. At least 1,000 flight-hours of pilot-in-command time. Flight test experience desirable. Excellent health. Vision minimum 20/50 uncorrected, correctable to 20/20 vision; maximum sitting blood pressure 140/90. Height between 163 and 193 cm.
Mission Specialists: Bachelor's degree in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics and minimum three years of related experience or an advanced degree. Vision minimum 20/150 uncorrected, correctable to 20/20. Maximum sitting blood pressure of 140/90. Height between 150 and 193 cm.. Due to a surplus of astronauts and a dearth of missions, NASA cancelled the planned 2002 astronaut selection. The next call for applications was made in May 2003, with a due date of 1 July. 'Educator astronauts' were especially requested, and 1100 applications were received in this category. The final selection was two pilots and nine mission specialists; nine men and two women. Given the drastic reduction if shuttle flights and ISS crew size planned for the post-Columbia disaster period, the chances for astronauts from this group flying in the next decade seemed slim indeed. Also training in this group were three NASDA astronauts from Japan.