Wings on My Sleeve: The World's Greatest Test Pilot tells his story

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Orion, Sep 18, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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The autobiography of one of the greatest pilots in history.

In 1939 Eric Brown was on a University of Edinburgh exchange course in Germany, and the first he knew of the war was when the Gestapo came to arrest him. They released him, not realising he was a pilot in the RAF volunteer reserve: and the rest is history. Eric Brown joined the Fleet Air Arm and went on to be the greatest test pilot in history, flying more different aircraft types than anyone else.

During his lifetime he made a record-breaking 2,407 aircraft carrier landings and survived eleven plane crashes. One of Britain's few German-speaking airmen, he went to Germany in 1945 to test the Nazi jets, interviewing (among others) Hermann Goering and Hanna Reitsch. He flew the suicidally dangerous Me 163 rocket plane, and tested the first British jets. WINGS ON MY SLEEVE is 'Winkle' Brown's incredible story.

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User Review  - Andrew McClarnon - Goodreads

What an amazing career, too much for one book really. The inclusion of lots of photographs helped bring it all to life, but there was a bit too much repetition of some statements that could have been ... Read full review

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User Review  - Goodreads

What strikes me is Eric Brown's modesty, he's done it all and remains unpretentious and understating of his many often astounding achievements. Would you fly an ME 163 just for the hell of it? Well would you punk? Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Eric Brown is in the GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS for having flown more aircraft types (487) than any other pilot in history. His record is unlikely ever to be broken. Captain Brown CBE, DSC, AFC, KCVSA, RN, became a test pilot during the Second World War and commanded the RAE Aerodynamics Flight at Farnborough. He played a key role in the design of an entire generation of aircraft. No other man could have claimed to have interrogated several senior Nazis, flown their jet aircraft or tested so many experimental machines. The Royal Navy's most decorated pilot, Captain Eric Brown died in 2016 at the age of 97.

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