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By Captain Eric Brown 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.

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By Captain Eric Brown

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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P.A.
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Capt. Eric "Winkle" Brown is a true GOAT of aviation. He joined the Fleet Air Arm just before WW2, a period where aviation technology "took off." As a test pilot Brown was at the heart of this new frontier. He flew almost every WW2 plane from all countries, in his career ~2,500 aircraft, a record which will prob never be bettered. A great read of a truly legendary historical aviation pioneer.

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C.J.

A very interesting read about the flying career of an exceptional test pilot. His language skills opened up opportunities, which make his story all the more remarkable. The record number of different aircraft he flew is unlikely to be beaten. A recommended read.

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D.H.
WINGS

Good read well put together, interesting man puts danger and the unusual in to every day life and just goes and dos it.

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I.M.
A unique pilot in so many ways

It is one of those typically understated memoirs from that generation. Fairly matter of fact and focuses on the sequence of events in his career. However, what a career and the book is still full of nuggets of information about all the aircraft he piloted, the near misses, time in action and descriptions of those he flew with. It is fascinating and at this price and absolutely steal.
It is also an interesting insight into the history of aviation and the development of aircraft from before World War 2 to well beyond it.

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R.H.
Incredibly interesting story about a man and aviation history

Eric Brown’s biography is an excellent source of information about the profession of test pilot and about the aircraft in which Brown flew.

Also a fascinating story about Boren as a person.