The autobiography of one of the greatest pilots in history.
In 1939 Eric Brown was on a University of Edinburgh exchange course in Germany, and the first he knew of the war was when the Gestapo came to arrest him. They released him, not realising he was a pilot in the RAF volunteer reserve: and the rest is history. Eric Brown joined the Fleet Air Arm and went on to be the greatest test pilot in history, flying more different aircraft types than anyone else.
During his lifetime he made a record-breaking 2,407 aircraft carrier landings and survived eleven plane crashes. One of Britain's few German-speaking airmen, he went to Germany in 1945 to test the Nazi jets, interviewing (among others) Hermann Goering and Hanna Reitsch. He flew the suicidally dangerous Me 163 rocket plane, and tested the first British jets. WINGS ON MY SLEEVE is 'Winkle' Brown's incredible story.
(p) 2016 Orion Publishing Group
Unmissable read about one of the worlds great airmen
Difficult to stop listening to this audiobook. Eric Brown’s autobiography makes for compelling listening. Unquestionable the worlds most experienced aircraft carrier pilot with almost 2,500 deck landings and many ‘firsts’. Pilot of more aircraft types (487!) than an other aviator of any nationality in history and understandably the most decorated pilot of the Royal Navy. Written in a self depricating manner so typical of the great man. Thoroughly recommended.