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Jack Woodman

He was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada on May 14, 1925 and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force after gradating high school.  Trained as an aerial gunner, he shipped to England in June 1944 in the RCAF Bomber Command.  He completed 23 combat missions in British built Halifax and Lancaster bombers.  He was enroute to the Pacific theater, as a volunteer on VJ day.  He left the RCAF shortly thereafter for the University of Saskatchewan's for associate general-engineering training, but rejoined the RCAF in 1948 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 was instrumental in testing the first Canadian designed jet fighter, CF-100 and flew demonstrations at the 1955 Paris Air Show with it.  He became project pilot of the Mach 2 Avro CF-105, interceptor, and 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.

Jack died of cancer on May 16, 1967 and was inducted into the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame for his contributions to aviation and his skills as a test pilot.  Jack was survived by his wife Gladys, son Scott and daughters, Petie and Sally.

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