Richard Frewen Martin

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Richard Frewen Martin
Born (1918-07-26)26 July 1918
Bournemouth, England
Died 1 September 2006(2006-09-01) (aged 88)
Gloucester, England
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Air Force
Years of service 1939-1954
Rank Wing Commander
Service number 33439
Battles/wars Second World War
Awards Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Flying Cross
Air Force Cross
Other work Test pilot

Richard Frewen Martin, OBE, DFC and Bar, AFC (26 July 1918 – 1 September 2006) was a British test pilot. He was born in Bournemouth.

"Dickie" Martin served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War and won a Distinguished Flying Cross and bar. After the war, he tested the early experimental jets that led to the development of the Hunter, Swift and Sea Vixen fighter aircraft.

He left the RAF in 1953 with the rank of Wing Commander to become a test pilot at Gloster Aircraft Company, where he was appointed chief test pilot the following year and led development of the delta-wing Javelin fighter. He amassed 19,000 flying hours, and flew 240 different types of aircraft.

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  2. ^ "No. 35254". The London Gazette. 22 August 1941. p. 4864. 
  3. ^ "No. 38493". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1949. p. 31. 
  4. ^ "No. 42870". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1963. p. 31. 
  5. ^ "No. 44210". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1967. p. 13.