Chalmers H. Goodlin

Achievements:

  • Earned the coveted RCAF wings and a commission as a Pilot Officer before 19thbirthday.
  • In 1943, one of the first FAA-licensed jet pilots in the USA, making 80 flights in America's first jet, the YP-59.
  • 17 flights in America's first swept-wing aircraft, the L-39.
  • 25 flight in the XP-83.
  • 26 flights in the first two Bell X-1 rocket planes before they were delivered to the U.S. Army in June 1947.
  • Had to bail out of a P-39Q Airacobra and the XP-83 because of uncontrollable fires.
  • Had a crash landing in a YP-59 when both jets failed shortly after take-off.
  • Flew ME-109s and Spitfires in Israel during the 1948 war, carrying out 40 missions and served as first Chief Test Pilot of the Israeli Air Force.
  • Flew thousands of refugees in DC-4s from Aden [Arabia] and Germany.
  • International editor of the "Aviation Age" magazine in the early 1950s.
  • Flew Burnelli CBY-3 on numerous occasions.
  • Owned many transport aircraft and supervised modification and overhaul programs for airlines in Europe and the USA.
  • Numerous airline management, financing and operations.
  • Flew over 7,000 hours as pilot in command of over 70 different types of aircraft.

Honors & Awards:

  • Honorary membership in the American Rocket Society (1946)
  • Commendation from the Int'l Red Cross for services in the Nigeria/Biafra relief operations (1969)
  • Inducted into the Niagara Frontier Aviation Hall of Fame, May 15, 1987.
  • Elected as an "Honorary Fellow" in the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (1991), joining such aviation greats as Gen. Jimmy Doolittle, Howard Hughes, Charles Lindbergh, etc… see  list of Honorary Fellows.
  • Received the "1991 Wright Brothers Memorial Award", January 25, 1992.

Dedication:

  • Improvement of flight safety and aircraft crashworthiness.

 

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