|Paul Ward Spencer Bulman|
|1896 – 6 May 1963|
|Place of birth||Luton, Bedfordshire, England|
|Place of death||Surrey, England|
Royal Air Force
|Years of service||1915–1925
|Rank||Honorary Group Captain|
Royal Flying Corps
Royal Aircraft Establishment
World War II
|Awards||Commander of the Order of the British
Air Force Cross & Bar
|Other work||Test pilot and company director|
Bulman was born in Luton in 1896 the son of Thomas and Eveline Bulman, his father was a Church of England clergyman.
He transferred from the Honourable Artillery Company to the Royal Flying Corps early in the First World War. He continued in the Royal Air Force until 1925 and was a test pilot in the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough from 1919 to 1925.
He was awarded the Military Cross in 1918 with the following citation:
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On five occasions; in most difficult weather conditions, he dropped bombs and fired on enemy infantry from a low altitude, inflicting heavy casualties. During these flights he frequently obtainer valuable information, and twice drove off enemy machines which attempted to interfere. He showed the greatest initiative and resource.
In 1925, he resigned his permanent commission and transferred to the reserve as a Flight Lieutenant to become the Chief Test Pilot at Hawker Aircraft (and its forerunner) from 1925 to 1945 and became a director of the company in 1935. He won several air races in the mid 1920s flying the Hawker Cygnet.
He made the first flight for the following Hawker aircraft and tested many other types.