Bob Shaw, from Spartanburg, South Carolina, graduated from Purdue University with a BS in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering. He received a masters degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. After completing his flight training from Naval Air Station, Kingsville, Texas, he received his wings in 1972.
During his 22-year career, his distinguished service included tours in both the United States Navy and the United States Air Force Reserve. He flew F-4's and F-14's and had cruises on the USS Kitty Hawk. He is a graduate from the Naval Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) at Miramar Naval Air Station, California. As an Operational Test Pilot and Director of air-to-air weapons and training systems, he evaluated the forerunner to the current Navy's Tactical Air Crew Training System and the Air Force's Red Flag Monitoring and Debriefing System.
After completing active and reserve duty with the Navy, he transferred to the United States Air Force Reserve and was stationed at Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio, where he flew the F-4 and transitioned to the F-16.
He authored Fighter Combat: Tactics and Maneuvering which has sold over 45,000 thousand copies worldwide. He continues to consult for the government, military, and simulation industries. He is a Certificated Flight Instructor.
LtCol Shaw is a command pilot with over 5,600 flight hrs.