Scott Poteet
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Scott Poteet

(1973-12-07) 7 December 1973 (age 48)
Alma materUniversity of New Hampshire (B.Outdoor Education)
Space career
RankUnited States Air Force Lieutenant colonel (retired)
Time in space
MissionsPolaris Dawn

Scott "Kidd" Poteet is an American pilot retired from the United States Air Force. He is a collaborator and friend of Jared Isaacman. He is slated for the Polaris Dawn mission for which he will be the pilot.[1]

Early life

He was born to Elizabeth Ann Poteet and Bob Poteet. His mother was a pharmacist and he has a brother named Jim.

He earned a bachelor's degree in Outdoor education at the University of New Hampshire and later attended the Air Command and Staff College.[2]

Air Force career

Scott Poteet is a retired United States Air Force lieutenant colonel who served 20 years in a variety of roles including commanding officer of the 64th Aggressor Squadron, pilot in Thunderbird Patrol (Position 4),[3] test and evaluation pilot, and commercial pilot. Poteet has over 3,200 flight hours on the F-16, A-4, T-38, T-37, T-3 and Alpha Jet. He logged over 400 combat hours during Operations Northern Watch ,Southern Watch, Joint Guardian, Freedom's Sentinel, and Resolute Support.

Business career

After his Air Force career, Poteet held a variety of positions, including director of business development at Draken International and vice president of strategy at Shift4. He most recently served as mission director of Inspiration4, the world's first all-civilian space mission that raised over $243 million for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in an effort to eradicate childhood cancer.

Personal life

Scott Poteet at 2010 Ironman World Championship

Poteet and his wife Kristen have two daughters and one son. He is an accomplished runner and triathlete, competing in 15 Ironman triathlons since 2000, including four Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.[4]

Media coverage

He appears as a mission director in the docuseries Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission to Space.


  1. ^ "Jared Isaacman, who led the first all-private astronaut mission to orbit, has commissioned 3 more flights from SpaceX". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved February 16, 2022.
  2. ^ "Private Polaris Astronaut Scott Poteet To Leave For Space in The Next SpaceX Detour, Here Is What We Have on Him". Retrieved February 16, 2022.
  3. ^ "Two Years of Flying High". Retrieved February 16, 2022.
  4. ^ "'I am Ironman': Academy AOC picked for top triathlon > United States Air Force Academy > News Display". United States Air Force Academy. Retrieved February 16, 2022.

See also