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Deidra ‘Weeble’ Fuller

Advanced Instructor Pilot

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Deidra “Weeble” Fuller is a former NASA Space Shuttle Main Propulsion System Flight Controller and USAF pilot.

Deidra received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University and graduated with highest honors. She then worked for Exxon as a process engineer. Deidra left Exxon to pursue her dream of being a fighter pilot and astronaut.

Selected to be an officer in the Air National Guard, Deidra was a distinguished graduate from Officer Training School and Aircraft Maintenance Officer School.  She served as an F-16 Maintenance officer and as a traditional guardsman.   During this time, she attended Rice University and received her Master’s degree in chemical engineering. During her time at Rice she did research at NASA Johnson Space Center and worked as a Co-op at NASA every other semester working in the Engineering and Flight Operations Directorate.  She then accepted a full time position as a flight controller in mission control in the Booster Section.  She was also selected to interview for the NASA Astronaut program. Deidra left NASA to go to USAF pilot training.

When she’s not flying, Deidra loves to ski and go whitewater kayaking. She is happily married to Brad Fuller and they have two huskies: Sam and Shishka.

Military Experience

  • Lt Col (ret) United States Air Force, Air National Guard
    o   F-16, F-15 Fighter Pilot, Flight Commander
    o   C-130 Hercules Cargo/Troop Transport Pilot
  • Deployed to Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Southern Watch and Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom – F-16

Flight Experience & Certifications

  • Airline Transport Pilot, Military Pilot, Instructor Pilot  – 5,000+ Total Hours
  • Certified Flight Instructor (CFI)/Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI)/Instrument Instructor (CFII)
  • Endorsements:  Tailwheel, Aerobatic, High Performance
  • 2,000 Hours of Flight Instruction, Aerobatic and Formation Training
  • Pitts S1S Owner & Aerobatic Pilot, 1,300 Hours Tailwheel
  • Flight Experience in over 30 Aircraft

Associations & Accolades

  • Selected to Interview for the NASA Astronaut Program
  • Distinguished Graduate – OTS, UPT, F-16 RTU, Squadron Officer School, Air War College
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering Montana State University – Highest Honors, Tau Beta Pi – Engineering Honor Society
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering Rice University, Full Graduate Stipend
  • National Chemical Honor Society
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • USAF Palace Knight Research Fellowship

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