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Paul Bonhomme

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Born (1964-09-22) 22 September 1964
Nationality United Kingdom
Racing career
First race 2003
Best position 1st (2009 and 2010)
Aircraft Zivko Edge 540
Website

teambonhomme.com

https://www.facebook.com/teambonhomme55

Paul Bonhomme (born 22 September 1964) is an English aerobatics and commercial airliner pilot and owner/race pilot of Team Bonhomme, the World Champions of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

Racing career

Bonhomme was born into a family of aviators. His father was an airline pilot and his mother worked as a flight attendant. His brother is a commercial pilot.

Bonhomme's flying career started in 1980 at White Waltham Airfield as a general dogsbody by cleaning hangars, polishing aircraft and refuelling aircraft.

Bonhomme in the 2010 Red Bull Air Race

At age 18 he gained his Private Pilot License and subsequently became a flight instructor. In 1985 he became an air taxi pilot and in 1987 joined Air Cymru, a Welsh charter airline, flying the Boeing 737. He now flies as a captain of Boeing 747s for British Airways.

His aerobatics career started in 1986, flying an Ultimate Pitts. He went on to fly the Yak-50, Extra 300 and then the Sukhoi Su-26 in 1991 for Richard Goode Aerobatics. He has flown over 650 public displays and flies vintage fighters for "The Old Flying Machine Company" at Duxford Aerodrome.

Aircraft types Bonhomme has flown include the Supermarine Spitfire (MkV, MkIX, MkIXT and MkXIV), Hawker Hurricane, P-40 Kittyhawk, F4F Wildcat, F6F Hellcat, F8F Bearcat, P-47 Thunderbolt, P-63 Kingcobra, P-51 Mustang and AD-4 Skyraider.

Since 1994 he has been flying formation displays around the world with his colleague former Air Race pilot and Television commentator Steve Jones as "The Matadors". They won three gold medals and one silver medal in the FAI series. He has competed in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship since its inception in 2003 achieving an unsurpassed record of 36 podium finishes out of 50 races that includes 13 race wins.

Awards

In 2010 Paul was awarded the Guild Sword of Honour by the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators.

Bonhomme was the 2009 recipient of the Segrave Trophy.[1]

Personal life

Bonhomme's hobbies include flying his own Robinson R22 Helicopter. He gained his helicopter licence after being instructed by Helicopter Pilot Extraordinaire Quentin Smith otherwise know as 'Q' or 'Captain Q' of HQ Aviation. He is married with a stepson and three daughters, living in South Cambridgeshire, England.

Paul Bonhomme
at the Red Bull Air Race World Championship
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Points Wins Rank
2003
3rd

NC
0 0 NC
2004
6th

7th

6th
2 0 8th
2005
6th

7th

3rd

3rd

5th

3rd

5th
17 0 5th
2006
7th

8th

6th

CAN

2nd

2nd

1st

3rd

2nd
26 1 4th
2007
3rd

1st

2nd

2nd

CAN

1st

2nd

3rd

3rd

1st

CAN

5th
47 3 2nd
2008
1st

1st

2nd

CAN

1st

7th

3rd

10th

CAN

1st
54 4 2nd
2009
2nd

2nd

1st

2nd

1st

1st
67 3 1st
2010
1st

3rd

3rd

2nd

1st

2nd

CAN

CAN
64 2 1st
2014
1st

2nd

5th

5th

1st

5th

CAN

5th
51 2 3rd

(* Season still in progress)

Legend:

  • CAN: Cancelled
  • DNP: Did not participate
  • DNS: Did not show
  • DQ: Disqualified
  • NC: Not classified

See also

References

  1. ^ "Paul Bonhomme Receives Segrave Trophy".  

External links

  • Home page of Paul Bonhomme
  • Channel 4
  • Aerobatic displays
  • Aerobatics website
  • Red Bull Air Race World Series official website
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Hannes Arch
Red Bull Air Race World Series Champion
20092010
Succeeded by
Nigel Lamb
(2014)
Preceded by
Allan McNish
Segrave Trophy
2009
Succeeded by
Adrian Newey
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