Paul Bonhomme

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Paul Bonhomme
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Born (1964-09-22) 22 September 1964 (age 49)
Nationality United Kingdom 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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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.

United Kingdom 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 Austria
3rd
Hungary
NC
0 0 NC
2004 United Kingdom
6th
Hungary
7th
United States
6th
2 0 8th
2005 United Arab Emirates
6th
Netherlands
7th
Austria
3rd
Republic of Ireland
3rd
United Kingdom
5th
Hungary
3rd
United States
5th
17 0 5th
2006 United Arab Emirates
7th
Spain
8th
Germany
6th
Russia
CAN
Turkey
2nd
Hungary
2nd
United Kingdom
1st
United States
3rd
Australia
2nd
26 1 4th
2007 United Arab Emirates
3rd
Brazil
1st
United States
2nd
Turkey
2nd
Spain
CAN
Switzerland
1st
United Kingdom
2nd
Hungary
3rd
Portugal
3rd
United States
1st
Mexico
CAN
Australia
5th
47 3 2nd
2008 United Arab Emirates
1st
United States
1st
United States
2nd
Sweden
CAN
Netherlands
1st
United Kingdom
7th
Hungary
3rd
Portugal
10th
Spain
CAN
Australia
1st
54 4 2nd
2009 United Arab Emirates
2nd
United States
2nd
Canada
1st
Hungary
2nd
Portugal
1st
Spain
1st
67 3 1st
2010 United Arab Emirates
1st
Australia
3rd
Brazil
3rd
Canada
2nd
United States
1st
Germany
2nd
Hungary
CAN
Portugal
CAN
64 2 1st
2014 United Arab Emirates
1st
Croatia
2nd
Malaysia
5th
Poland
5th
United Kingdom
1st
United States
United States
China
CAN
41 2 2nd*

(* Season still in progress)

Legend:

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Paul Bonhomme Receives Segrave Trophy". Life magazine. 28 June 2010. Retrieved 2 July 2010. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Hannes Arch
Red Bull Air Race World Series Champion
2009
2010
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Allan McNish
Segrave Trophy
2009
Succeeded by
Adrian Newey