Trevor Sidney Wade
|Trevor Sidney "Wimpy" Wade|
27 January 1920|
|Died||3 April 1951
|Service/branch||Royal Air Force|
|Awards||Distinguished Flying Cross
Air Force Cross
|Other work||Test pilot|
Trevor Sidney "Wimpy" Wade DFC, AFC (27 January 1920 – 3 April 1951) was a Royal Air Force (RAF) fighter ace, one of The Few and later a test pilot. He was killed test flying the Hawker P.1081 prototype fighter.
His nickname Wimpy was borrowed from the American cartoon character of Popeye fame.
After a course at the Central Flying School in October 1941 he became a pilot-gunnery instructor at the Central School of Gunnery. He was then appointed as OC Flying at the Air Fighting Development Unit at Duxford. For his work at the AFDU he was awarded the Air Force Cross.
At the end of the war Wade joined the staff of The Aeroplane magazine but within a year he had joined Hawker Aircraft as an assistant to the Chief Test Pilot Bill Humble. When Humble became a sales manager, Wade became Chief Test Pilot.
In May 1949 he set a speed record between London and Paris in the Hawker P.1052 jet. but on 3 April 1951 he was killed while test flying the Hawker P.1081, an experimental swept-wing fighter, when it crashed near Lewes in Sussex.
Wade was married with three children.
Honours and awards
- 15 July 1941 – Pilot Officer Trevor Sidney Wade (78984), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 92 Squadron is awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in recognition of gallantry displayed in flying operations against the enemy:
This officer has displayed great skill and determination in his numerous engagements against the enemy and has destroyed at least six of their aircraft. His efforts have contributed materially to the success achieved by the squadron.— London Gazette
- "Sqn. Ldr. T.S. Wade – Chief Test Pilot of Hawkers" (Obituaries). The Times (London). Wednesday, 4 April 1951. (51966), col D, p. 6.
- The London Gazette: . 15 July 1941. Retrieved 15 November 2010.