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Great reminiscences of a bygone era,
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This review is from: Wings on My Sleeve: The World's Greatest Test Pilot tells his story (Kindle Edition)
A narrative set in the golden age of aviation but this time written by a man who was deeply involved with the military and in particular the Fleet Air Arm view. Lots of reminiscence and none the worse for that and with enough technical insight to engage the reader in understanding the actual flying that is taking place here.
The list of planes flown by the author is massive and includes a huge number of German WW2 planes, many of which were not seen over here. I was impressed by the author's flights in the Me163 Comet and his description of the shortcomings of the jet aircraft that the Germans were developing at the end of WW2 particularly in terms of the Me262's propensity to flame outs.
I would dearly love some more detailed ideas of some of the other German types flown but in such a limited volume and aimed at the greater market, perhaps not possible.
Thoroughly recommended for all flying buffs and the revelation that this particular pilot was not only familiar enough with aircraft that he was prepared to fly anything that came within his orbit but also that he was allowed to without at least some hours in training or familiarisation. I doubt that he would be allowed to do that these days.
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Initial post: 25 Oct 2012 14:45:51 BDT
If you want more info On Capt. Eric Brown then read Wings of the Weird & WOnderful which is all about the various aircraft he test flew.
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