Paul Bonhomme

Paul Bonhomme is the most successful pilot in the history of the Red Bull Air Race and the only pilot to have won the World Championship three times. He is also the one pilot to race in all 66 races since 2003. The British ace has a record almost 20 victories and more than 40 podiums.Bonhomme is the first, and only, pilot to crowned the World Champion three times (2009, 2010 and 2015). Bonhomme shook the Red Bull Air Race world after he claimed his third title by announcing his retirement from the series.

Bonhomme has an elegantly smooth flying style has been widely imitated. He is popular among the sport’s fans, his fellow pilots and the media. His friendly nature doesn’t mask a fiercely competitive spirit. His tireless drive to succeed has helped push the entire sport forward during his 10 seasons of racing.

Bonhomme, who when not racing is a commercial airline captain flying Boeing 747s, began flying at an early age. His father was a pilot, his mother was a flight attendant and his brother is a commercial pilot. He started as a 16-year-old airfield dogsbody. He was employed to clean hangars, polish aircraft and refuel them at White Waltham Airfield in England before getting his Private Pilot’s Licence at 18. He was soon working as a flight instructor and later became an air taxi pilot before flying charter flights. His aerobatics career began in 1986 and he has been flying at air shows ever since. In 1991 he began displaying vintage fighters such as Spitfires and P51 Mustangs from Duxford. Bonhomme lives in Cambridge with his wife, stepson and three young daughters. After his Championship win in 2009, he was awarded the Segrave Trophy by the Royal Automobile Club and in 2010 the Guild Sword of Honour by the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators.

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