England: RIP ‘Winkle’ – Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown: Celebrated British pilot dies, aged 97.

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Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown: Celebrated British pilot dies, aged 97

Capt Brown also held the world record for flying the greatest number of different types of aircraft – 487.

During World War Two, Capt Brown, who was born in Leith in 1919, flew fighter aircraft and witnessed the liberation of Bergen Belsen concentration camp.

The pilot, who had been appointed MBE, OBE and CBE, died at East Surrey Hospital after a short illness.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-35626854

Captain Eric Melrose “Winkle” Brown, CBE, DSC, AFC, Hon FRAeS, RN[2] (21 January 1919 – 21 February 2016) was a British Royal Navy officer and test pilot who flew 487 different types of aircraft, more than anyone else in history.[1][3] He also held the world record for most aircraft carrier landings performed (2,407)[1] and was the Fleet Air Arm‘s most decorated pilot.[4] 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.

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

 

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