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Air Force pilot and Annapolis native who died Tuesday in a crash in Nevada was both a dedicated service member and a dedicated father and son, loved ones said Saturday.
Lt. Col. Pacific Time Tuesday while flying an undisclosed aircraft during a training mission on the Nevada Test and Training Range, about 100 miles northwest of Nellis Air Force Base, officials said in a statement. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
Schultz was stationed at Nellis Air Force Base at the time and living with his wife and children in Henderson, Nevada, a friend and fellow veteran Mike Whitehead said.
Schultz’s father Larry Schultz and Whitehead described him as humble, caring and curious. or a pilot,” Schultz said.
Before joining the Air Force he was a senior scientist and business development manager at the Pratt Whitney Seattle Aerosciences Center and a rotary wing flight test engineer at the Naval Air Warfare Center, according to the obituary.
In the military he flew more than 210 missions flight testing the F 35 and CF 18. His military experience included a role as the Director of Operations and Exchange Officer for the Canadian Forces Flight Test Center, and systems engineering work for the Airborne Laser program.
He also served in Afghanistan, where he flew an F 15E in more than 50 close air support combat missions.
“He loved the hell out of flying,” Whitehead said.
Whitehead met Schultz, who he called “Doc,” in Guam in 2005 as part of the 391st Fighter Squadron during an exercise/deployment, and then flew along side him at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho for two years. Schultz’s role as a mentor to others continued in his service. He was always eager to help and pass along information, and many young pilots sought his advice, Whitehead said.
Whitehead said Schultz was calm, thoughtful, and well versed in tactics. He always had a good attitude, and an ability to calm down a situation to achieve the desired goal.
When Schultz was a captain, he was given the duties of a major, Whitehead said. He was promoted ahead of peers.
“He had so much talent and capability that he got leaned on pretty heavily pretty early,” Whitehead said.
Schultz’s love for aeronautics was life long. He earned his private pilot’s license at the age of 19, his father said. Air Force.
Once in the Air Force he advanced to test pilot school as quickly as possible, Whitehead said, earning entrance in about four and a half years, when it would normally take about eight. Test pilot school is one of the typical stepping stones on the path to becoming an astronaut, Whitehead said. But the dream of becoming an astronaut was never realized. essentially shut down,” Whitehead said.
There was one thing that trumped his love for country, Whitehead said his love for friends and family.
Eric Schultz and his wife Julie Schultz were married in 2012, his father said. He was a father to five children, four from his wife’s previous marriage as well as their own daughter, who is now four.
“Every minute of every day that he could be with them and help the children and mentor them and be a real good dad he was there,” his father said.
And no matter where he was in the world, he came home for Christmas.
The family also attended Navy football games, including matches against the Air Force.
“He wouldn’t admit it, but he rooted just as hard for the home town team,” his father said.
The family had planned to attend the next match between Navy and Air Force, scheduled for Oct. 7.
Schultz, who now lives in Centreville with his wife Linda, said since his son’s death they have heard from so many people, even those who knew him decades ago, that they can’t keep up with the messages.
“He found a way to touch everybody in such as way that they don’t forget it,” he said.
Schultz’s funeral will be held Sept. 12 in Las Vegas, Nevada. His father said they are planning a celebration of life in Maryland as well, at a to be determined date.