Captain Eric "Winkle" Brown CBE DSC AFC

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Captain Eric "Winkle" Brown CBE DSC AFC

Post by Roger Pennington » Sun Feb 21, 2016 8:00 pm

I see that the death of Captain Eric "Winkle" Brown CBE DSC AFC has been announced today. The Royal Navy's most decorated pilot, renowned test pilot and holder of the World Record for the most aircraft types flown - 487. He also pioneered the technique of carrier deck landings, and holds the World Record for those as well - 2407!

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Re: Captain Eric "Winkle" Brown CBE DSC AFC

Post by Elizabeth's dad » Sun Feb 21, 2016 8:13 pm

RIP. The term hero is overly used, but sometimes it applies.


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Re: Captain Eric "Winkle" Brown CBE DSC AFC

Post by scim_rebel » Sun Feb 21, 2016 8:25 pm

I had the good fortune of attending a lecture given by Captain Brown at Brooklands last year; Incredible stories, incredible life, incredible man.

To be in his presence definitely made one feel rather small and insignificant. His graphic description of being one of the first to enter Bergen-Belsen after its liberation didn't leave a dry eye in the house. Including his, even after seven decades.

One of the last heroes from the golden age of British heroes.



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Re: Captain Eric "Winkle" Brown CBE DSC AFC

Post by scimjim » Sun Feb 21, 2016 10:41 pm

RIP sir. I was lucky enough to meet him a couple of times and he was an absolute legend. Now, living on the site of the first ever jet flight in the UK is particularly relevant to a couple of chapters in his life.


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Re: Captain Eric "Winkle" Brown CBE DSC AFC

Post by *JP* » Tue Mar 01, 2016 12:59 am

Last week a tv progamme,made about two years ago, was shown to commemorate his death.
It was based around interviews with him and certainly took my interest,with some great old aviation footage.
What a remarkable man and rather a scandal he never received a knighthood.
It's available on youtube.



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Re: Captain Eric "Winkle" Brown CBE DSC AFC

Post by Rev Light » Tue Mar 01, 2016 7:55 am

Program could have been 3 times longer and would have still been glued to the TV. Its a pity that so few of the aircraft types that he flew were mentioned in the program, but then, I am a bit of a 'spotter'!

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Re: Captain Eric "Winkle" Brown CBE DSC AFC

Post by doncontrols » Thu Apr 07, 2016 9:45 pm

An amazing chap - his autobiography is a fascinating read.



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