Rebecca Shaw

Talk: How to fly into a Hurricane, Lessons for 2020

Becky’s Title: WP-3D Hurricane Hunter and Test Pilot – National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration


Rebecca “Becky” Shaw was born in Texas. In high school, she earned an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, from which she graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2009. Upon graduation, and commissioning, she attended Flight Training and became a Naval Aviator. On her first tour, she flew the P-3C, an Anti-submarine warfare aircraft, stationed in Hawaii. She deployed to the Mediterranean Sea and North Atlantic, serving in various operations in support of the United States European Command and United States Africa Command. Following her tour in Hawaii she was selected to attend the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and graduated in 2016. As a Test Pilot, Becky developed and flew multiple aircraft in Patuxent River, Maryland. She also completed a M.S. degree in Space Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. In 2019, she was selected as a Flag Aide for the Naval Air Systems Command Commander, a position she held until her interservice transition to the NOAA Corps in June of 2020. As of October 2020, she has flown into two Hurricanes during the 2020 season as a pilot in the WP-3D Hurricane Hunter. She has over 2,000 flight hours in over 25 different military aircraft.