Eric Brown (pilot)
Brown in May 2015
|Birth name||Eric Melrose Brown|
|Born||21 January 1919|
|Died||21 February 2016 (aged 97)|
|Years of service||1939–1970|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Captain Eric Melrose "Winkle" Brown, CBE, DSC, AFC, Hon FRAeS, RN (21 January 1919 – 21 February 2016) was a Scottish Royal Navy officer and test pilot. He flew 487 different types of aircraft, more than anyone else in history.
He also held the world record for most aircraft carrier landings performed (2,407) and was the Fleet Air Arm's most decorated living pilot. He achieved several "firsts" in naval aviation, including the first landings on an aircraft carrier of a twin-engined aircraft, an aircraft with a tricycle undercarriage and a jet-propelled aircraft.
References[change | change source]
- Jones, Luke (14 November 2014). "Eric 'Winkle' Brown: The man who seemed not to notice danger". BBC News Magazine. Retrieved 14 November 2014.
- Ailes, Emma (23 April 2013). "Captain 'Winkle' Brown: Is he the greatest pilot ever?". BBC News Scotland. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
- Paisley University Library Special Collections – Putnam Aeronautical 1997 at the Internet Archive