"His pioneering work and internationally recognized abilities as an Experimental Test Pilot have done much to improve the safety and efficiency of both civil and military aircraft and made a significant contribution to Canadian aviation.”
Jack Fraser Woodman joined the RCAF at age 18. He was selected to be an Air Gunner and went overseas upon completion of gunnery school. During his career he completed 23 operational trips in his Halifax and Lancaster aircraft before the war ended; he returned to Ontario for pilot training. Woodman eventually became Canada's representative to the Empire Test Pilot's School in England where he tested numerous types of aircraft, including the Vampire, Lancaster, Otter and Chipmunk.
He later became a test pilot with the Avro Arrow Project where he was the only military pilot to fly the Arrow aircraft. In January of 1960 he transferred to California to work as Project Pilot in the development of Lockheed aircraft and later held several management positions within the company.
Born: 14 May 1925, Saskatoon, SK
Died: 16 May 1987