BRITISH TEST PILOTS
Geoffrey Charles Herbert Dorman A.R.Ae.S. ( July 7th, 1894 - ? ) was born in London ( England ). A Second Lieutenant in the Royal Engineers, he gained his " ticket " at the Military School ( Shoreham - by - Sea, Sussex, England ) on June 2nd, 1915, on a Maurice Farman Biplane.
On November 16th, 1916, Lieutenant Geoffrey Dorman took off from Shoreham in a Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.2b with the intention of heading West along the South Coast to the airfield at Gosport ( Hampshire, England ). Not long into the flight, however, a dense sea fog formed and as his engine was also " misbehaving ", Lieutenant Dorman decided " it would be best to try and land ". Spotting a suitable area of farmland, He put his aircraft down near the West Sussex village of Tangmere.
Evidently aware of what he had stumbled across, his subsequent report on the incident included a suggestion that the site would be eminently suitable for an aerodrome. Within twelve months, construction had started - and so was born the legend of R.A.F. Tangmere.
Geoffrey Dorman became a well - known writer specialized in aviation. His publications include the following titles : Fifty years fly past : From Wright brothers to Comet ( 1951 ) and Shattering Silence ( 1955 ).
( sources : www.key.aero, www.tangmere-museum.org.uk, www.amazon.fr, www.amazon.co.uk )