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Eric 'Winkle' Brown

Old 21st Feb 2016, 18:50
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Eric 'Winkle' Brown

Sad news, Eric 'Winkle' Brown has sadly passed away at the age of 97.

Eric 'Winkle' Brown: Celebrated British pilot dies, aged 97 - BBC News
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Old 21st Feb 2016, 18:59
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Sad news indeed, having just watched the BBC 6pm news even sadder that he wasn't even mentioned!! Despite many online petitions he never got the Knighthood he so deserves.
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Old 21st Feb 2016, 19:01
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Totally agree.
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Old 21st Feb 2016, 19:05
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Very sad news. RIP Captain Brown.
Old 21st Feb 2016, 19:19
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Quite a nice little piece on Sky news at 6.00 - pity the national broadcaster could not get it together.


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From what I have seen of the man, a man of near infinite patience, inquiring mind and the rare ability to explain to the wholly uninitiated the most complicated and abstruse aspects of flight & flying.

Coupled with his sometimes mesmeric tone when relating tales of his experience in an often self-deprecating and easy nature. He could easily be described as a National Treasure if only from the experiences he had had and could impart to others.

A man well worthy of his place in Valhalla.
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Old 21st Feb 2016, 19:51
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Sad news, Eric 'Winkle' Brown has sadly passed away at the age of 97.

97 and you think it's sad? I mean...what else? Nothing left to achieve, I guess. Farewell, yes. Sad, most definitely...NO!

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Old 21st Feb 2016, 19:56
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Met him recently at a FAA reunion. Always with it and good with visitors (admirers).

Disgusting that he was never knighted.
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Old 21st Feb 2016, 20:01
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Disgusting that he was never knighted.
I agree with that sentiment exactly. The UK 'honors' system nowadays is a disgrace.
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Old 21st Feb 2016, 20:06
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A lot of numpties get their knighthood, but "Winkle" didn't. A travesty!

I am honoured to have met him and to have his signature in my logbook.

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Old 21st Feb 2016, 20:11
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In an era where seemingly almost everyone is a "legend" , this man assuredly was one, RIP.


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Old 21st Feb 2016, 20:15
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Had the pleasure of meeting him and hearing him address small audiences in the last few years. A treat when someone asked him 'Why did the Luftwaffe not build four-engine heavy bombers as the RAF did?'. His reply began 'ah yes, I asked Goering that...'.

Amazing to have such ready access to such meaningful history. While I share, personally, the concern that he may not have been offered a K, I am aware that he may have been, and may have turned it down.

Either way, his achievements transcend any letters which might have been placed behind his name.
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Old 21st Feb 2016, 20:19
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I'm afraid that the meedja are going to be feasting on the Euro thing for a few years with not much else getting a look in (apart from the US election which is always over reported) BUT the BBC web article linked in the fist post of this thread does contain facts and ends:
In 2014 , the war veteran was picked as the subject for the 3,000th edition of Desert Island Discs, during which he was described by presenter Kirsty Young as a "real life hero" and a "remarkable, dare-devil".

"When you read through his life story, it makes James Bond seem like a bit of a slacker," she said.
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Old 21st Feb 2016, 20:33
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That is sad. But what an innings! Having seen and listened to interviews with him he seemed to have a pin-sharp mind right up to his passing - perhaps a product of his wish to always know more, and keeping very active.

If you a haven't done so, read his book,
Wings On My Sleeve Wings On My Sleeve
. My only problem with the book was that it wasn't long enough - I wanted to read so much more about all his adventures!

Blue skies, Eric!
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Old 21st Feb 2016, 20:40
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I was given "Wings on my Sleeve" for Christmas. What a fascinating read. I agree with MrBenoulli that it wasn't long enough. May you always have clear skies, Sir.
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Old 21st Feb 2016, 20:42
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I honestly wish that I was able to say "Sir Eric"! However, I do know that was not in your "flight plan" but, nonetheless, it would have been more than deserved from your country !

However, those of us who knew and/or worked with you over the years, know that it is immaterial! WE know the real truth !!

I was going to say "Happy landings" - a totally pointless comment !!!

Sir, dark blue, light blue or khaki - we will remember you !

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Old 21st Feb 2016, 20:47
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Very sad to hear this today.

Whatever the 'right stuff' is, Capt. Eric 'Winkle' Brown had it in bucketloads.

A life well lived, and a world immeasurably diminished by his departure from it.


Ps. Although I agree, he should have been knighted years ago, I've no doubt that he would have declared it 'a lot of fuss over nothing'.

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Old 21st Feb 2016, 20:54
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A remarkable man, a remarkable life well lived.
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Old 21st Feb 2016, 21:00
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why sad ? 97 y/o, at least he's lived a long life rich in experience.

But great man indeed and pilot, nothing to see with cadets nowadays.

we will never see this kind of pilot again in the futur. THIS is sad to me.

RIP Captain Brown.
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Old 21st Feb 2016, 21:53
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He came to speak at our little provincial aviation society many years ago when Jimmy Orrell was our President. I was then chairman and was privileged to take them both for a meal beforehand and take him back to the hotel afterwards.

What a fantastic evening; he was so down to earth and friendly to everyone and had tales to tell that would make your hair stand on end! That's the sort of evening you will never forget

RIP Eric
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