Wednesday, March 26, 2008

P.W.S 'George' Bulman CBE MC AFC 1896-1963

Paul Ward Spencer Bulman, universally known as George Bulman, was Chief Test Pilot at Hawker Aircraft between 1925 and 1945.His flying career started after he transferred from the Honourable Artillery Company to the Royal Flying Corps early in the First World War. He was awarded the Military Cross and Air Force Cross. He continued in the Royal Air Force until 1925,during this time 1919-1925 he was a Test Pilot at the Royal Aircraft Establishment,Farnborough.In 1925, he resigned his permanent commission and transferred to the reserve as a Flight Lieutenant to become the Chief Test Pilot at Hawker Aircraft for the next 20 years. He performed the maiden flights on the following aircraft :
Hawker Gamecock,Heron,Horsley,Hart,Tomtit,F.20/27,Demon,Hurricane and Hector.
He became a director of the company in 1935. He won several air races in the mid 1920's flying the Hawker Cygnet. During the Second World War,he was head of the test branch of the British Air Commission in Washington,DC and was appointed honorary Group Captain.