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UK's 'Greatest Pilot' Eric Brown Dies At 97

Old 02-22-2016, 09:14 AM
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Tributes have poured in for Captain Eric Brown - the Navy's most decorated pilot - following his death aged 97.

Dubbed Britain's greatest pilot, Capt Brown died on Sunday at East Surrey Hospital following a short illness, his family said in a statement.

The veteran, who was born in Leith in Edinburgh and later moved to Sussex, had flown 487 types of aircraft and held three Guinness World Records in a career spanning 31 years.

He was the first Naval pilot to land a jet on an aircraft carrier and held the record for the most carrier deck landings at 2,407.

Capt Brown, who was known as Winkle, cheated death on a number of occasions, surviving being sunk by a U-boat in 1941, and later being shot at and injured by a German long-range bomber.

At the end of World War Two he saw the liberation of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, and later used his fluency in German to question some of the most prominent Nazis including Hermann Goring and Heinrich Himmler.

First Sea Lord Admiral Sir George Zambellas said Capt Brown's death was a huge loss.

He said: "The Fleet Air Arm may have lost one of its finest and best known pilots, but British aviation has lost something even greater - the most accomplished test pilot of his generation and perhaps of all time, and a huge advocate of military aviation."

British astronaut Tim Peake tweeted from space: "So sad to hear that Capt Eric 'Winkle' Brown has died - to my mind the greatest test pilot who has ever lived. A true inspiration."

Paul Beaver, a friend of Capt Brown's for decades, said: "For a man who had achieved so much in one lifetime, he was modest and self-effacing yet always ready to help."

Capt Brown is survived by his partner Jean Kelly Brown and son Glen.

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Sadly all our Heroes are fading away in all the lands that so bravely gave their young days to let us be free and be the idiots we have become.
Clarkson of 'Top Gear' fame made a TV program on Capt Brown ... and is well worth watching ... YouTube has it for easy download.

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Old 02-22-2016, 10:52 AM
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487 different aircraft types flown is amazing. That's a record that I cant imagine ever being equalled.

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Old 02-22-2016, 11:17 AM
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Here's the BBC Documentary of Capt. Brown ....



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