I was browsing in The Works in a vague hope of finding something readable. I spied a book with an Me109 with RAF roundels on the cover & thought "What the fcuk is this?" only to be pleasantly surprised to find it was that very book. A bargain at £3 and you're right it is superb. You could open it at any page & find something instantly interesting to read.His original book, Wings on my Sleeve, is well worth a read.
Captain brown is but one of a long list of great British test pilots and people who followed him like John Farley, Bill Bedford, Peter Twiss, John Derry, Rolly Beaumont and Brian Trubshaw to name but a few.
I totally agree with you, a very skilled and brave man, even flying an Me 163 Komet.....utter madness IMHO. Imagine as a test pilot having all those captured aircraft to fly and test, probably a dream come true which those today will never experience.While not wishing to denigrate any of those brave men that you cite in any way, IMHO 'Winkle' Brown is in a class of his own.
Captain Brown started his operational life as a naval pilot, flying Grumman Wildcat fighters from the first of the escort carriers, HMS Audacity.
Not only did he splash a couple of German Condor long range aircraft that both did reconnaissance for the U boats and could bomb shipping themselves - which was the first of many escort carriers that were key in winning the war in the Atlantic, but he was also involved in training new Pilots in carrier landing techniques, and then trialling new carriers and aircraft.
A huge contribution to naval aviation and winning the war at sea - and that was before arrived at Farnborough.
I'm being pedantic now, but it's Roland Beamont. His surname is often spelt incorrectly.Captain brown is but one of a long list of great British test pilots and people who followed him like John Farley, Bill Bedford, Peter Twiss, John Derry, Rolly Beaumont and Brian Trubshaw to name but a few.