WINGS ON MY SLEEVE


WINGS ON MY SLEEVE

CAPTAIN ERIC 'WINKLE' BROWN    Book Number: 87958    Product format: Paperback

The astronaut Tim Peake said of this author that he was 'the greatest test pilot who ever lived. A true inspiration.' Eric Brown joined the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm during WWII and went on to fly more aircraft types than anyone else, making a record-breaking 2,407 aircraft carrier landings and survived 11 plane crashes. One of Britain's few German-speaking airmen, he went to Germany in 1945 to test the Nazi jets, questioning Hermann Goering and Hanna Reitsch among others. He flew the suicidally dangerous Me163 rocket plane, and tested the first British jets, making the world's first ever jet-landing on an aircraft carrier, pictured in a rare photograph opposite the title page. There is a foreword by the late Sir Morien Morgan and the 22 chapters begin in 1937 and end in 1970, followed by appendices including Aircraft Types Flown, Phantom Carrier and German Aeronautical Scientists. His world firsts were achieved using an astonishing assortment of gliders, fighters, bombers, airliners, amphibians, flying boats and helicopters as well as prone and supine position aircraft. At the same time the book is an important contribution to the history of Fleet Air Arm and of Test Flying in Britain. Paperback reissue of the 2006 original, 296pp, well illus.
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ISBN 9780753822098
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