This programme - tomorrow Radio 4 @9 am features Eric "Winkle" Brown, a former Fleet Air Arm test pilot who flew more than 480 types of aircraft - a record unlikely to ever be beaten I have read his biography and any fliers or those interested may wish to listen in. I believe he was once the "Boss" of a forum member.
I missed the program this morning and will attempt to catch up later.
I will "own up" to being the forum member that john bunyan mentioned. Captain Brown was my Captain when I was undergoing training many, many years ago at RNAS Lossiemouth. I don't think that I ever met him but do have his signature in my records.
I recorded the programme and greatly enjoyed it. My sort of music.
I have my five "C"s for pilots - Cool,calm,collected and Captaincy. Captain Brown fits the frame exactly and although I was told to fly with old pilots, but not too old, I would make an exception with him.
Re his tale about doing barrel rolls over the spans of the Firth of Forth Bridge, my late Brother-in-Law's un-official passing out dare was to fly under the Menai Straits Suspension Bridge. He did it but was very unimpressed. Later on he found the Spitfire too hot to handle and, very bravely, said so, he then went to Burma as a Forward Air Controller.
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