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Old 21st Feb 2016, 17:41
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Captain Eric 'Winkle' Brown

Very sad news, alas he lived a good life and did so much for the aviaion industry especially with the helicopter industry

?World?s greatest? aviator Eric Winkle Brown dies at 97 - Edinburgh Evening News

In Wings On His Sleeve, its interesting to see him help shape up the German Naval aviation in post war West Germany..and more interesting when he visited Boeing Vertol to check out the CH-47A in anticipation of the RAF buying them in the 1960s.but did not follow through till 15 years later on...

RIP Sir,

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Old 21st Feb 2016, 18:19
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Probably one of the greatest aviators this country ever produced - no?
RiP Sir.
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Old 21st Feb 2016, 18:23
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The world ever produced.

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Old 21st Feb 2016, 18:40
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I detest the use of the word "legend" in todays jargon but in this case..

RIP Winkle
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Old 21st Feb 2016, 18:51
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What very sad news.

RIP Sir.
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Old 21st Feb 2016, 19:56
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Very sad news. A wonderful man and a good friend for some fifty years.

RIP Eric.
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Old 21st Feb 2016, 20:22
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I'm not going to say "sad news" because we all have to go sometime and if I could go having done 1% of what he achieved, I would have had a good life and felt content. It is not really a loss because he has left so much legacy.

Anyway despite his fame and achievements he was a very pleasant and down to earth chap, I had the pleasure of meeting him once.
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Old 21st Feb 2016, 21:25
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I also met him in the 80s and agree, he was a gent and down to earth. 97 is a full life and a good innings to use cricket vernacular. Our industry is the better for having Eric had on board for many years.
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Old 22nd Feb 2016, 01:47
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I don't beleive it, he looked so well recently.

Knew him for 40yrs and he was always incredibly nice to me.

What a great life. What a blow to civilisation. (first Bowie now this!)

Imagine being told to fly by Udet !
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Old 22nd Feb 2016, 12:31
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When I listened to any of his talks he was totally inspiring

For those who may not have heard this Desert Island Discs programme, it really sums up Captain Brown's remarkable and full life.

BBC Radio 4 - Desert Island Discs, Captain Eric 'Winkle' Brown

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Old 22nd Feb 2016, 15:47
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There is a very interesting documentary on Netflix about him where he gives an autobiographical account of his life.

Certainly a life never to be repeated.
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Old 22nd Feb 2016, 16:25
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RIP Sir, and thank you for yours and your wife Lynns friendship with me and Eva during the years since our membership of the EHA Offshore Committee !
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Old 22nd Feb 2016, 16:39
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Can you tell me what title the documentary is on Netflix...can't find it!
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Old 22nd Feb 2016, 16:46
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For those who haven't heard one of Eric's lectures:

Royal Aeronautical Society | Society News | Video Recording of Capt Eric 'Winkle' Brown Named Lecture

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Originally Posted by GANNET FAN View Post
Can you tell me what title the documentary is on Netflix...can't find it!
Memories of a WWII Hero: Captain Brown's Story
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Old 23rd Feb 2016, 02:51
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Youtube version, amazing guy and I'll hoist a good Scotch in his honor. Such a contrast to the unimaginative, ham-handed bus drivers we've now become as pilots.

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Old 23rd Feb 2016, 19:41
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I have just finished watching two documentaries about Captain Eric "Winkle" Brown.

Whilst I had always been aware of his immense contribution to our Aviation industry, these films confirmed what a truly remarkable aviator he was.

He was a legend and a true inspiration to others, as well as being a gentleman.

He is a very hard act to follow.

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Old 5th May 2016, 14:10
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A recent RAeS tribute to Eric by Paul Beaver entitled 'A Life at Full Throttle' can be found here.


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