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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another very good book
Having recently purchased the updated version of Eric Brown's book on the German aircraft he flew, I indulged myself and bought this book as well. I was afraid that there would be some duplication between the two but there is not - this is a report on 53 other aircraft he flew, mostly British and American. Some are brief, though that is hardly surprising as for example he...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice but ther are better books
I liked it but there a far to much technical things. Read "Wings of my sleeve" by Eric Brown (the story of Eric Brown) instead or "Wings of the Luftwaffe" by Eric Brown which I found more interesting or the more entertaining "The world's worst aircraft" by Jim Winchester
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another very good book, 23 Jan 2011
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Peter B (South Wales) - See all my reviews
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Having recently purchased the updated version of Eric Brown's book on the German aircraft he flew, I indulged myself and bought this book as well. I was afraid that there would be some duplication between the two but there is not - this is a report on 53 other aircraft he flew, mostly British and American. Some are brief, though that is hardly surprising as for example he could only "borrow" a Japanese Zero for 30 minutes when the Americans were not looking. Nonetheless many of the entries are very detailed, and as with the previous book accompanied by a good many B&W photos, and in some cases detailed drawings or photos of the cockpits, detailed cut-away plans and a few colour side view profiles.

The author must not only have been a good pilot but also a very brave man as well.I am glad I bought this book

Peter
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More great writing by the world's most experienced pilot, 30 May 2011
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James Pernikoff (Marietta, Georgia USA) - See all my reviews
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Eric Brown's "Wings of the Weird & Wonderful", like his book on Luftwaffe aircraft, is a neat collection of his reports on flying 53 more of the nearly 500 types he flew during his long and illustrious career. As the name suggests, these include both one-offs and full production aircraft; as he was employed by the Royal Navy, there is a preponderance of naval aircraft, primarily British and American, but land-based types are included as well. As with the companion book, the new Hikoki edition has added content and graphics compared with the previous editions of this classic work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Weird & Wonderful, 8 Aug 2011
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As ever with Eric Brown, you get his unique insight from having flown the aircraft and the comparison aircraft. A fascinating book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Approachable Album of Aviation Anecdotes, 8 May 2012
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Ignatius "Ignatius" (Some where in the South-East of England) - See all my reviews
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Wings of the Weird and Wonderful takes you on a journey with the author, a most distinguished test pilot. You will read of aircraft that you probably have heard of, such as the Mitsubishi Zero and the North American Mustang, and others you may well not have, such as the Winter Zaunkoenig. [Spitfire fans are catered for with a discussion of the Royal Navy's variant, the Seafire.]

The author not only discusses the flying characteristics of the aircraft he flew; he also colours these with anecdotes of his own experiences with the machines, and of the characters he encountered in his career as a test pilot. A good read for any pilot (whether he flies an armchair or something a little more demanding!). If you do order this book, Amazon may recommend the "Wings of the Luftwaffe" book by the same author. If you're a big aviation buff, think seriously about buying both books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 13 July 2014
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Bought as a present
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, 7 July 2014
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Really good book and quick delivery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eric Brown, flier of renown!, 8 Jan 2014
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J. K. Siddorn (Bristol, England) - See all my reviews
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Still with us bless him and still as sharp as a tack.

Any of his books that you have not read, go thou forth and seek them out! They are still reasonably priced if you hunt around and every word is personal experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic as usual, 23 Nov 2013
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Patrice De Laminne "Van de Mijn" (Paris, France) - See all my reviews
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When reading a book from Eric 'Winkle' Brown describing some of his numerous experiences of flying up to 490 different models, you are sure to get an expert assesment of any aircraft, be a British or a foreign one. His experience covers at first naval aircraft used by the Fleet Air arm, but also American aircraft and on another book, German aircraft. When you read a book written by a test pilot, he/she has mainly experienced the products of his/her own country and mostly prototypes. In the case of Eric Brown, he has tested them all: prototypes, aircraft in service, various versions. If you want to know how a specific aircraft flies, just look at Eric Brown's books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some strange airplanes..., 23 Aug 2013
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Raimo K (Uusikaupunki, Finland) - See all my reviews
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...but not all the weird aircraft Eric Brown has flown - but good read nevertheless. Very interesting observations, detailed and well written. Good pictures, too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Facinating Book, 22 Dec 2012
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Mr. A. Maybourn (Sittingbourne, Kent United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Very good book, well written and with excellent photographs. If you are in interested in Military Aviation History this will be of interest.
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