Jett was designated a naval aviator in March 1983 and subsequently assigned to Fighter Squadron (VF) 74, flying the F-14 Tomcat. His squadron made overseas deployments to the Mediterranean Sea and Indian Ocean aboard the USS Saratoga (CV-60). While assigned to VF-74, he was designated as an airwing qualified Landing Signal Officer (LSO) and also attended the Navy Fighter Weapons School (Topgun). Jett was selected for the Naval Postgraduate School - Test Pilot School Cooperative Education Program in 1987. After graduation from the Navy Test School in June 1989, he worked as a project test pilot at the Carrier Stability Department of the Strike Aircraft Test Directorate, Naval Air Test Center, flying the F-14A/B/D, T-45A and A-7E. Jett returned to the operational Navy in September 1991 and was again assigned to VF-74, flying the F-14B aboard the USS Saratoga (CV-60), when selected by NASA for Astronaut Group 14. He has logged more than 5,000 flight hours in more than 30 different aircraft and has more than 450 carrier landings. Jett was selected by NASA in March 1992, and reported to the Johnson Space Center in August 1992. In January 1996, Jett flew his first mission as the pilot of STS-72. A year later, he again served as pilot on STS-81. From June 1997 to February 1998, he served as NASA director of operations at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, Star City, Russia. Jett then commanded two shuttle missions: STS-97 in November 2000 and STS-115 in September 2006, both station assembly flights. A veteran of four space missions, he has traveled more than 17 million miles and logged more than 40 days in space. In July 2007, Jett retired from the Navy and became a NASA civil servant. From November 2007 to February 2011, he was director, flight crew operations, responsible for directing the day-to-day activities of the directorate, including the astronaut corps and aircraft operations at Ellington Field. Jett currently serves as deputy manager for the Commercial Crew Program.
Deputy Manager, Commercial Crew Program, NASA