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Britain's Greatest Pilot - BBC 2 2100 1 June

Yokel

LE
This evening, BBC 2 will broadcast a programme about the exploits of Captain Eric 'Winkle' Brown, WWII Royal Navy fighter pilot and test pilot. If the programme is as exciting as his book then it will be gripping viewing.

This is a man with extraordinary talents that gave him a unique role during the War and afterwards. His skill as a fighter pilot helped prove the concept of the escort carrier, a key innovation during the struggle in the Atlantic (and he describes one convoy battle in some detail), then his aptitude in landing on a carrier resulted in him instructing other naval pilots who were needed to fight the war, from which he started test flying.

He played a role in solving the problems encountered by wartime aircraft. Following Germany's surrender, his talent for languages (which had earned him a University scholarship before the war) led to him being involved in exploring German technologies, and interviewing captured Nazis such as the commandant of Belsen.

Post war he was involved with test flying, squadron flying as a naval pilot, and development work for Fleet Air Arm aircraft and British carrier innovations. He was involved with Cold War work at the MOD, naval attaché to West Germany and finally Command Officer of RNAS Lossiemouth.

He holds the word record for the greatest number of aircraft types flown by a single person.
 
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One of the History Magazines in Sainsburys had Captain Brown on the front cover.
Sadly magazine was £6.99 and to pricey for me!

Going to watch & record it as it should be very good!
 
one of the greats, sadly getting on a bit now very interesting books "Wing on my sleeve" and "wings of the luftwaffe" still available at reasonable price on amazon
 
OP. Cheers for posting it looks good.

Also, it's nice to see such a post dated instead of the crappy 'tonight on BBC...' which you go rushing to see what time only to discover that the thread is 2 years old.
 
Thank you very much for the heads-up. Will be watching. Courage and extreme skill in equal measure.
 

Longlenny

War Hero
Book Reviewer
I went to a lecture he gave. He actually flew the Me 163 a frightening aircraft. We were told we could ask questions, I asked "how many times did you fly the 163?

His answer in a strong Scottish accent, "Once was enough laddie!"
 
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swampmonster

Guest
Cheers going to watch this....in 7 mins ☺

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My first impression is that Captain Eric Melrose "Winkle" Brown, RN, CBE, DSC, AFC, Hon FRAeS (born 21 January 1919)- Britain's best ever pilot- was not in the RAF :)
 
My first impression is that Captain Eric Melrose "Winkle" Brown, RN, CBE, DSC, AFC, Hon FRAeS (born 21 January 1919)- Britain's best ever pilot- was not in the RAF :)

Apart from the photo of him in RAF kit at the start of the programme, you mean.......?

Nonetheless, what a bloke.
 

rampant

LE
Kit Reviewer
Book Reviewer
Them deck landings looked like fun.

Yeah, some absolutely corking shots of one of my favourite aircraft, and contender for most beautiful aircraft of all time, doing deck landings: dH. 103 Hornet

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PFGEN

GCM
My first impression is that Captain Eric Melrose "Winkle" Brown, RN, CBE, DSC, AFC, Hon FRAeS (born 21 January 1919)- Britain's best ever pilot- was not in the RAF :)

I think in his case we can excuse that. The man is a living legend and only semi-retired. He's 95, for heavens sake, and looks like he could still jump into a cockpit and fly rings round a lot of young'uns. Not only the most types of aircraft but he also holds the world record for the most carrier landings.

Tonight's story was only a fraction of what he's achieved in his life. He was one of the people who solved the problems associated with supersonic flight. Unfortunately sold out by the government of the time when the UK gave up on its lead in aviation and all our ideas were gifted to the US. I've heard him talk about it a couple of times and, well, its a topic best left alone.

As to the rest I could listen to him relating his experiences for hours on end and never tire. A remarkable human being!
 

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