Wings on My Sleeve Hardcover – 29 Sep 1978
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'fascinating... If you only buy one aviation book this year, make sure it's this one.' (TODAY'S PILOT )
'In all the lists of those magnificent men in their flying machines, this must surely come very near the top.' (DAILY MAIL )
'The stories beggar belief.' (THE GUARDIAN )
'Copiously illustrated, filled with insights, opionion, anecdotes and observations, this is a gem of a book.' (NAVY NEWS )
'a fascinating story... for anyone interested in aviation, this is required reading.' (AEROPLANE magazine )
'a fascinating story ... full of absorbing information and insight.' (TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT ) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
The autobiography of one of the greatest pilots in history --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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This is the story of his life from his first flight, with the legendary German WW1 ace and later stunt pilot and finally Director of Air Armaments in Goering's Luftwaffe, Ernst Udet, through his experiences in Nazi Germany and his encounter with the SS when they came to tell him that the two counties were at war and on through a life that included convoy escort duties and hair-raising encounters with FW Kuriers before his outstanding deck landing skills led to his being appointed to RAE Farnborough.
He then chronicles the hectic life of a war time test pilot as he flew practically every type of British and US military aircraft and evaluated captured enemy machines to develop combat tactics.
Because of his fluent German, the last days of the war found him despatched to Germany to assemble and test German aircraft. Here he accepted the surrender of a major Luftwaffe base when he landed in the mistaken assumption that it had already been captured by the allies. During this time he met and talked to Goering and Hanna Reitsch as well as every major German aircraft figure of the era.
Post war the pace did not diminish: taking delivery of the first US helicopter to be allocated to the UK, he asked about training to fly it and was handed a thick book with the words, "Here's your instructor!Read more ›
The book can be frustratingly thin on subjects that deserve a book of their own (how many other allied pilots flew a Me163 rocket plane under power I wonder...) and it flits back and forth in time a little confusingly but these are minor quibbles. The book is heavy due to the high quality paper needed to support the small print size to cram it all in and if more detail were given it would extend to several volumes.
Just read it and revel as iconic aircraft and characters of the 40's ad 50's are met and summarized before moving onto the next encounter.
In a time when the term "hero" has become confused with "celebrity", here folks, is the real thing...
One day in his every day life would almost fit the 'wish list' of many aspiring aviators.
There's a second thread whereby he and his test pilot chums explore the limits of the Spitfire, taking it up to great heights and then diving down at great speeds in order to find out how to recover from locked-up controls. This must have taken nerves of steel. Landing on a carrier must have taken nerves of steel. I can conclude that Eric Brown had nerves of steel. There is a third thread in which Brown lands increasingly unlikely aircraft on a carrier, including a de Havilland Mosquito. I have only flown aircraft on a computer, and so I cannot begin to understand how hard it must have been to land a Mosquito on an aircraft carrier; very hard, I imagine. I picture Eric Brown as a man who does not need to show off with a flashy watch or a flashy car, or a flashy mobile phone, because he was the first man to land a Mosquito on an aircraft carrier. Burly.
It's an easy read.Read more ›
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A brilliant, matter of fact, story from beginning to end about the fascinating flying and Naval career through war and peacetime. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Mr Andrew G Harvey
And if, like me, you enjoy a true story then this will both intrigue and hugely impress you. How this man lived to the ripe of old age of 97 is nothing short of a miracle. Read morePublished 3 days ago
What a great book and what a career 'Winkle' had. So much went on that one book hardly seems enough and many times you are left wanting more information. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Jim C
This book tells us about his start as a pilot, becoming a test pilot and all the different aircraft he flew and tested. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Gordy
Bought for my Husband who is notoriously hard to buy books for. Ususally he will look at the book and go "I won't read that". Read morePublished 24 days ago by Wendy Harrison-Green
Great book about extraordinarily talented pilot.
Greattach read-highly recommended.
Eric Brown lead an extraordinary life at the cutting edge of developments in aviation, and a witness to world history.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer