Eric “Winkle” Brown †

Eric_BrownThe famous Eric “Winkle” Brown, one of World War Two’s best-known veteran and test pilot passed away today aged 97.

Born in 1919, Captain Eric Brown CBE, DSC, AFC, Hon FRAeS, RN discovered aviation in 1936 in Germany with Ernst Udet and joined the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm during the war. His superb pilot skills were quickly noticed and he became a test pilot, flying prototypes and developing new techniques. He flew all of the major types of aircraft used during the war.

After the war, he pursued his career as a test pilot and established numerous records, including that of the greatest number of aircraft types flown (487, not counting variants of a given type) and carrier landings (2,407 carrier landings). He is also the author of several books.

Read more about Eric Brown from Wikipedia or The Telegraph.

Eric Brown during his 97th anniversary. (Photo © Benjamin Gilbert)

Eric Brown during his 97th anniversary. (Photo © Benjamin Gilbert)

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    • Mark on February 22, 2016 at 10:22 PM
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    • Roger Worsley (SENIRAM - Captured Wings wikia) on February 25, 2016 at 1:26 PM
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    A true hero.

    • Mark Wydall on February 27, 2016 at 9:40 PM
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    A wonderful gentleman, we are nearing the end of an era. Their name shall not be forgotten.
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