Sunday, 21 February 2016

Captain Eric 'Winkle' Brown

So sad to hear of the death of yet another of my heroes, the charming Capt. Eric Brown.

As an ex-Navy pilot myself, I am particularly proud to have met Capt. Brown on a number of occasions: he was the first person to land a jet on an aircraft carrier, holds the record for the highest number of deck-landings and of the number of 'types' flown by any pilot. At well over 400 and including legendary German aircraft like the Me262 and Komet this is a total that will never be beaten.

Above all, Captain Brown was a quiet, modest gentleman with a wonderful sense of fun....

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