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"The World's Greatest Pilot" Captain Eric "Winkle" Brown RN Has Passed Away.

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    Default "The World's Greatest Pilot" Captain Eric "Winkle" Brown RN Has Passed Away.

    It's with great sadness I heard today that Captain Eric "Winkle" Brown RN, WWII naval fighter ace, test pilot, and much else has passed away aged 97.

    ?World?s greatest? aviator Eric Winkle Brown dies at 97 - Edinburgh Evening News

    And a fascinating read about his life and career here:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Brown_(pilot)

    He flew 487 different types of aircraft (including helicopters), more than any other pilot in the history of flying. He was also the most decorated living Fleet Air Arm pilot and amongst his many "firsts" in aviation history was the landing of the first jet engined aircraft on an aircraft carrier in December 1945. He also held the record for deck landings at 2,407, it's unlikely to be bettered. Here is the list of SOME of what he flew, there's an amazing selection of rare war time aircraft amongst them all.

    Aeronca Grasshopper
    Aerospatiale Alouette
    Aerospatiale Ecureuil
    Aerospatiale Twin Squirrel
    Agusta 109
    Aichi Val
    Airspeed Ambassador
    Airspeed Envoy
    Airspeed Horsa
    Airspeed Oxford
    Arado 96B
    Arado 196A
    Arado 199
    Arado 232B
    Arado 234B - Blitz
    Arado 240
    Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle
    Armstrong Whitworth Whitley
    Auster Aiglet
    Avro Anson
    Avro Athena
    Avro Lancaster
    Avro Lancastrian
    Avro Lincoln
    Avro Manchester
    Avro Shackleton
    Avro Tudor
    Avro Tutor
    Avro York
    B.A. Swallow
    BAe 125
    BAe 146
    BAe Hawk
    BAC Lightning
    Baynes Carrier Wing
    Beagle B.206
    Beagle Pup
    Beech Baron
    Beech Bonanza
    Beech Super King Air
    Beech Traveller
    Beechcraft Expediter
    Bell AH-1 Huey
    Bell 47
    Bell 204
    Bell 222
    Bell Airacobra
    Bell Airacomet
    Bell HTL-5
    Bell Jet Ranger
    Bell King Cobra
    Bell Long Ranger
    Blackburn Beverley
    Blackburn Botha
    Blackburn Buccaneer
    Blackburn Firebrand
    Blackburn Firecrest
    Blackburn Roc
    Blackburn Shark
    Blackburn Skua
    Blohm & Voss 138
    Blohm & Voss 141B
    Blohm & Voss 222 Wiking
    Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
    Boeing B-29 Superfortress
    Boeing Vertol Chinook
    Boulton Paul Defiant
    Boulton Paul P.108
    Boulton Paul Sea Balliol
    Brantly B-2
    Breguet Alizé
    Breguet Atlantic
    Brewster Buffalo
    Bristol Beaufighter
    Bristol Beaufort
    Bristol Blenheim
    Bristol Bombay
    Bristol Brigand
    Bristol Britannia
    Bristol Buckingham
    Bristol Bulldog
    Bristol Freighter
    Bristol Sycamore
    Britten-Norman Islander
    Bücker Bestmann
    Bücker Jungmann
    Bücker Jungmeister
    Bücker Student
    Cant Z1007
    Caproni Ca.309
    Caproni Ca.311
    Caproni Ca.135
    Cessna 150
    Cessna Cardinal
    Cessna Skymaster
    Cessna Skywagon
    Chance-Vought Corsair
    Chance-Vought Cutlass
    Chilton D.W.1
    Chrislea Ace
    Comper Swift
    Consolidated Catalina
    Consolidated Liberator
    Consolidated Vultee Privateer
    Convair 240-5
    Curtiss Commando
    Curtiss Helldiver
    Curtiss Kittyhawk
    Curtiss Mohawk
    Curtiss Seamew
    Curtiss Tomahawk
    Dassault Étendard
    Dassault Mirage
    Dassault Mystère
    de Havilland 86B
    de Havilland Beaver
    de Havilland Chipmunk
    de Havilland Comet
    de Havilland Devon
    de Havilland Don
    de Havilland Flamingo
    de Havilland Fox Moth
    de Havilland Gipsy Moth
    de Havilland Heron
    de Havilland Hornet Moth
    de Havilland Mosquito
    de Havilland Otter
    de Havilland Puss Moth
    de Havilland Rapide
    de Havilland Sea Hornet
    de Havilland Sea Mosquito
    de Havilland Sea Vampire
    de Havilland Sea Venom
    de Havilland Sea Vixen
    de Havilland Swallow
    de Havilland Tiger Moth
    de Havilland Vampire
    Dewoitine 520
    DFS 230
    DFS Kranich
    DFS Weihe
    Dornier 17
    Dornier 18
    Dornier 24
    Dornier 26
    Dornier 27
    Dornier 217
    Dornier 335 - Pfeil
    Douglas Boston
    Douglas Dakota
    Douglas Dauntless
    Douglas Devastator
    Douglas Invader
    Douglas Skymaster
    Douglas Skyknight
    Douglas Skyraider
    Druine Turbulent
    Elliot Newbury Eon
    Embraer Bandeirante
    English Electric Canberra
    Enstrom F28
    Enstrom Shark
    Erco Ercoupe
    Fairchild Argus
    Fairchild Cornell
    Fairchild XNQ-1
    Fairey IIIF
    Fairey Albacore
    Fairey Barracuda
    Fairey Battle
    Fairey Firefly
    Fairey Fulmar
    Fairey Gannet
    Fairey Gordon
    Fairey Primer
    Fairey Spearfish
    Fairey Swordfish
    Fiat B.R.20
    Fiat C.32
    Fiat C.42
    Fiat G.50
    Fieseler Storch
    Focke-Wulf 189 - Uhu
    Focke-Wulf 190
    Focke-Wulf 200 - Condor
    Focke-Wulf 58 Weihe
    Focke-Wulf Ta.152
    Focke-Wulf Ta.154 - Moskito
    Folland 43/37
    Fouga Magister
    Fournier Milan
    General Aircraft Cygnet
    General Aircraft Hamilcar
    General Aircraft Hotspur
    General Aircraft L/56
    Gloster E.28/39
    Gloster Gauntlet
    Gloster Gladiator
    Gloster Javelin
    Gloster Meteor
    Gloster Sea Meteor
    Gotha 244
    Grumman Ag-Cat
    Grumman Albatross
    Grumman Avenger
    Grumman Bearcat
    Grumman Cougar
    Grumman Goose
    Grumman Guardian
    Grumman Hellcat
    Grumman Panther
    Grumman Tigercat
    Grumman Widgeon
    Grumman Wildcat
    Handley Page Gugnunc
    Handley Page Halifax
    Handley Page Hampden
    Handley Page Hastings
    Handley Page Hermes
    Handley Page Marathon
    Handley Page Sparrow
    Hawker Fury - biplane
    Hawker Hart
    Hawker Hector
    Hawker Henley
    Hawker Hunter
    Hawker Hurricane
    Hawker Nimrod
    Hawker Osprey
    Hawker P.1040
    Hawker P.1052
    Hawker P.1127 - VTOL
    Hawker Sea Fury
    Hawker Sea Hawk
    Hawker Siddeley 748
    Hawker Siddeley Gnat
    Hawker Tempest
    Hawker Typhoon
    Heinkel 111
    Heinkel 115
    Heinkel 162 - Volksjäger
    Heinkel 177 - Greif
    Heinkel 219 - Uhu
    Henschel 123
    Henschel 129
    Heston Phoenix
    Hiller HTE
    Hitachi T.2
    Horten IV
    Hughes 300
    Hughes 500
    Hunting Percival Jet Provost
    Hunting Percival Provost
    Ilyushin 2 - Shturmovik
    Ilyushin 4
    Jodel Ambassadour
    Jodel Club
    Jodel Excellence
    Jodel Grand Tourisme
    Jodel Mascaret
    Jodel Mousqetaire
    Junkers 52
    Junkers 86
    Junkers 87 - Stuka
    Junkers 188
    Junkers 290
    Junkers 352
    Junkers 388
    Kamov 26
    Kawasaki Tony
    Klemm 26
    Klemm 35D
    Klemm L25
    Klemm L27
    Lavochkin 7
    Le Vier Cosmic Wind
    Ling Temco Vought Crusader
    Lockheed Constellation
    Lockheed Electra
    Lockheed Hercules
    Lockheed Hudson
    Lockheed Lightning
    Lockheed Neptune
    Lockheed Shooting Star
    Lockheed Starfighter
    Lockheed Ventura
    Luton Minor
    Macchi C.202
    Macchi C.205
    Martin Baker M.B.5
    Martin Baltimore
    Martin Marauder
    MBB Bo 105
    McDonnell Banshee
    McDonnell Douglas Skyhawk
    McDonnell Phantom II
    Messerschmitt 108 - Taifun
    Messerschmitt 109
    Messerschmitt 110
    Messerschmitt 163 - Komet
    Messerschmitt 262
    Messerschmitt 410 - Hornisse
    MIG-3
    MIG-15
    Mil-1
    Mil-2
    Mil-4
    Miles 18
    Miles 20
    Miles 28
    Miles 38
    Miles 48
    Miles Aerovan
    Miles Falcon
    Miles Gemini
    Miles Hawk
    Miles Hobby
    Miles Libellula
    Miles Magister
    Miles Martinet
    Miles Master
    Miles Mentor
    Miles Mohawk
    Miles Monarch
    Miles Monitor
    Miles Sparrowhawk
    Mitsubishi Betty
    Mitsubishi Dinah
    Mitsubishi Zeke - Zero
    Mooney M20
    Morane-Saulnier 406
    Morane-Saulnier Paris
    Morane-Saulnier Rallye
    Muntz Youngman-Baynes
    N.S.F.K. S.G.38
    Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate (Frank)
    Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa (Oscar)
    Nipper III
    Noorduyn Norseman
    Nord 262A
    Nord Noralpha
    Nord Pingouin
    North American Harvard
    North American Mitchell
    North American Mustang
    North American Sabre
    North American Savage
    North American Super Sabre
    North American Texan
    Northrop Gamma Commercial
    Northrop Black Widow
    Northrop F-5
    Orlikan Meta Sokol
    Percival Gull
    Percival Pembroke
    Percival Prentice
    Percival Proctor
    Percival Q6
    Percival Vega Gull
    Petlyakov PE-2
    Piaggio P.136
    Piaggio P.166
    Piasecki Retriever
    Piel Emeraude
    Pilatus Porter
    Piper Apache
    Piper Aztec
    Piper Comanche
    Piper Cub
    Piper Cub Special 90
    Piper Grasshopper
    Piper Navajo
    Piper Pawnee
    Piper Seneca
    Piper Supercruiser
    Piper Tripacer
    Piper Cherokee
    Pitts Special
    Polikarpov I-15
    Polikarpov I-16
    Portsmouth Aerocar Major
    Reggiane 2000
    Reggiane 2001
    Reid & Sigrist Desford
    Republic Seabee
    Republic Lancer
    Republic Thunderbolt
    Republic Thunderjet
    Republic Thunderstreak
    Robin Royale
    Robinson R-22
    Rollason Condor
    Ryan Fireball
    Saab 21
    Saab 29
    Saab 105
    Saab Lansen
    Saab Safir
    Saunders-Roe P.531
    Saunders-Roe Skeeter
    Saunders-Roe S.R./A.1
    Savoia Marchetti SM79 - Sparviero
    Savoia Marchetti SM82
    Savoia Marchetti SM95
    Scheibe Motorspatz
    Schmetz Olympia-Meise
    Schneider Baby Grunau
    Scottish Aviation Bulldog
    Scottish Aviation Pioneer
    Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer
    Short S.31
    Short Sealand
    Short Skyvan
    Short Stirling
    Short Sturgeon
    SIAI-Marchetti S.F.260
    Siebel Si 204
    Sikorsky HRS
    Sikorsky R-4B Hoverfly
    Sikorsky R-6A Hoverfly II
    Sikorsky S-58T
    Sikorsky S-61
    Sikorsky S-76
    Sipa S.903
    Slingsby Capstan
    Slingsby Kirby Cadet
    Slingsby Motor Tutor
    Slingsby Prefect
    Slingsby Swallow
    Slingsby T.21
    Slingsby T.31
    Socata Diplomate
    Stampe et Vertongen SV-4
    Stearman Caydet - (sic)
    Stinson Junior R
    Stinson Reliant
    Stinson Sentinel
    Sud-Aviation Djinn
    Supermarine Attacker
    Supermarine S.24/37 DUMBO
    Supermarine Scimitar
    Supermarine Sea Otter
    Supermarine Seafang
    Supermarine Seafire
    Supermarine Seagull
    Supermarine Spiteful
    Supermarine Spitfire
    Supermarine Walrus
    SZD Bocian
    Taylorcraft Auster
    Taylor J.T.1 Monoplane
    Taylor J.T.2 Titch
    Thruxton Jackaroo
    Tipsy S.2
    Tipsy Trainer
    Tipsy Type B
    Vertol 107
    Vickers Valiant
    Vickers Vanguard
    Vickers VC10
    Vickers Viking
    Vickers Viscount
    Vickers Warwick
    Vickers Wellington (Wellington VI)
    Vickers Windsor
    Vought-Sikorsky Chesapeake
    Vought-Sikorsky Kingfisher
    Vultee Vengeance
    Waco CG-3
    Waco Hadrian
    Westland Aérospatiale Gazelle
    Westland Aerospatiale Lynx
    Westland Lysander
    Westland Sikorsky S-51 Dragonfly
    Westland Sikorsky S-55 Whirlwind
    Westland Wasp
    Westland Welkin
    Westland Wessex
    Westland Whirlwind
    Westland Wyvern (Eagle engine)
    Winter Zaunkönig - Wren
    Yakovlev-1
    Yakovlev-9
    Yakovlev-11
    Youngman-Baynes High Lift
    Zlin Akrobat

    He was even present at Bergen-Belsen and was personally asked by the SBO Medical Officer to help interrogate the former camp commandant and his assistant. Agreeing to do so, he subsequently interviewed Josef Kramer and Irma Grese, Brown remarking; "Two more loathsome creatures it is hard to imagine" and describing the latter as "... the worst human being I have ever met."

    R.I.P. Winkle, a truly incredible man, his type will never be seen ever again. Blue skies.

    winkle brown.jpg

    Ned.
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    Well done Ned old mate, a fitting post & nice tribute to a very brave man. Thanks, Stewy

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    Irma Grese was hung on my birthday. Nice touch. Stewy

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    Quote by Stewy S View Post
    Irma Grese was hung on my birthday. Nice touch. Stewy
    I didn't realise you where that ******* old.....

    Oh, and nice one Albert.
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    Ned, out of interest do you know if there's any literature on Brown's thoughts of the German aircraft he flew? Cheers mate. Stewy

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    Quote by big ned View Post
    I didn't realise you where that ******* old.....
    Ha, bloody Ha! Same day, different year. I knew a lot were topped on that day, but didn't realise she was one. Stewy

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    Yeah, his autobiography gives a lot of detail.

    Wings on My Sleeve: The World's Greatest Test Pilot tells his story: Amazon.co.uk: Captain Eric Brown: 9780753822098: Books

    A taster here regarding the Enemy Aircraft Flight.....



    A bit more.

    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    Thanks mate, I'll check it out. Stewy

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    A true hero in every sense of the word, Unfortunatley I don't think we will ever see men of his calibre ever again 'Regards,Paul

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    Blue skies. RIP

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