|This page has been blanked as a courtesy.|
Click on edit to see the original text.
Group Captain Hugh Joseph Wilson, CBE, AFC & Bar, also known as Willie Wilson, (28 May 1908 – 5 September 1990) was a senior Royal Air Force officer. During World War II he was the main British pilot testing captured enemy aircraft. In November 1945 he was the first man to exceed 600 miles per hour (970 km/h) in a jet fighter (a Gloster Meteor).
Wilson was the only son of Alfred Wilson and Jessie Wood Young and was educated at University School in Hastings and at Merchant Taylors' School in Northwood and City of London School. Between 1925 and joining the RAF in 1929 he took an apprenticeship within the cotton business.
Joining the RAF in 1929 on a short service commission he was posted to No. 5 Flight Training School for flight training. After completing training he flew with No. 111 Squadron, based at RAF Hornchurch) between 1930 and 1932.
Joining the Fleet Air Arm in 1932 he served with School of Naval Co-operation and was released from the RAF in 1934. He later took a conversion course on flying boats whilst a reservist and also qualified as flying instructor in 1935.
In the mid 1930s he was both the Chief Instructor and Manager at the York County Aviation Club and a Flying Instructor with the RAF Reserve School. He was a test pilot for Blackburn Aircraft, and in 1938 took the maiden test flight of the Blackburn Roc. He later became a civil test pilot at the Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) at RAF Farnborough in Hampshire.
Second World War
Wilson was recalled to active service RAF as a Squadron Leader at the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939.
In 1944 he became the Assistant Director (Flying) Special Projects for the Ministry of Aircraft Production. In late 1944 he was seconded to No. 616 Squadron to train pilots on the Gloster Meteor jet fighter and then went on to command the Empire Test Pilots' School at RAF Cranfield.
On 7 November 1945 Wilson (then Commandant of the Empire Test Pilots’ School, Cranfield) set the first world speed record with a jet-propelled airplane, flying his Gloster Meteor EE454 Brittania over a 1.86 miles (2.99 km) course at Herne Bay in Kent, England. Over four loops of the course he averaged 606 miles per hour (975 km/h) - a then record.
Retirement from RAF
He retired from RAF in 1948 and became Managing Director and Chief Test Pilot for Planet Aircraft, followed by appointments as Sales Manager for Engines at Blackburn and General Aircraft Limited and Rolls Royce Limited' Small Engine Division.
- ↑ London Gazette 13 Jube 1946
- ↑ London Gazette 1 January 1941
- ↑ London Gazette 1 July 1944
- ↑ Record breaking Flights]
- ↑ RAF Officers 1939-45
- ↑ TEST & RESEARCH PILOTS, FLIGHT TEST ENGINEERS
- ↑ THE ROYAL AIRCRAFT ESTABLISHMENT, FARNBOROUGH, 1939-1945
- ↑ RAF Officers 1939-45
- ↑ Gloster Meteor during the Second World War
- ↑ This Day in Aviation History
|Name||Wilson, Hugh Joseph|
|Short description||Royal Air Force test pilot|
|Date of birth||28 May 1908|
|Place of birth||Islington, London|
|Date of death||5 September 1990|
|Place of death||Westminster, London|
| This article uses material from the Wikipedia article Hugh Wilson (RAF officer), that was deleted or is being discussed for deletion, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.