Jean Boulet Biography

Jean Boulet was a French aviator who was born on November 16, 1920 in Brunoy and died on February 13, 2011 in Aix-en-Provence. Boulet received the Aeronautical Medal in 1957, and he was a founding member of the French National Air and Space Academy in 1983. In 1957, Boulet was honored with the Aeronautical Medal. He passed away when he was 90 years old.


Early life 

Jean Boulet was a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique, which he entered in 1940. He was first hired in 1947 by the SNCASE, which would later become Sud Aviation and then later the helicopter division of Aérospatiale. Jean Boulet was born on November 16, 1920 in Brunoy, which is near Paris. He was a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique.




He was one of the first foreign pilots to fly a helicopter for the United States Air Force, having received training in the United States earlier in his life to become a military pilot with the French Air Force. His training took place in the United States. Over the course of his life, he would quickly establish himself as one of the most influential pioneers in the annals of rotorcraft flight testing.



Aviation records 

The rotorcraft records that Boulet broke included ones for distance, altitude, and speed. When Boulet flew an Aérospatiale SA 315B Lama to a height of 12,442 meters (40,820 feet) on June 21, 1972, he established a new world record for the highest altitude achieved by a helicopter, which is still the record to beat as of the year 2020. Because of the intense cold, when he began to drop power and begin his descent, the engine exploded, and Boulet completed the highest ever power off, full touch down autorotation, landing with no power at all. In addition, this high-altitude autorotation established a new record for the world. He is also credited with having flown an autogyro to the greatest height possible due to the fact that he returned to the ground without using any propulsion.




  • L’Histoire de L’hélicoptère, Racontée Par Ses Pionniers, 1907-1956 (Editions France-Empire, 1982) OCLC 256047560
  • History Of The Helicopter: As Told By Its Pioneers, 1907-1956, Claude Dawson (translator) (Editions France-Empire, 1984) OCLC 13284968