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Eric Brown references, articles and publications

Blackburn's Baby Battleship

Volume 15, Issue 1, 1978, Air International

Eric Brown

The Firebrand was conceived during World War II as a fleet flighter but evolved into the Fleet Air Arm's first single-seat torpedo-fighter. Capt Eric Brown recalls its protracted evolution and describes its flying characteristics

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Wings of the Navy

Eric Brown

Carrier aircraft, since their beginning, have been a very special kind of machine and demand something equally special of the men who flew them. Landing on a pitching, bucking deck of a carrier, or catapulting over a plunging bow, shipboard aircraft and their pilots had to be exceptional.

Often, the real characteristics of these assorted aircraft lie forgotten in the annals of time but Eric Winkle Brown, the first naval officer to head the elite Aerodynamics Flight at Farnborough, records his cockpit experiences testing British and American carrier aircraft.

Having enjoyed one of the most extraordinary careers in flying, Eric Winkle Brown places on record the flying characteristics, good bad and indifferent, of a myriad of aircraft from the Fairey Swordfish and Albacore , Grumman Avenger and Panther to the Supermarine Seafire, Douglas Dauntless, North American Skyray, de Havilland Sea Vixen and Blackburn Buccaneer.

Highly illustrated with cutaways, photographs and colour profiles, Wings of the Navy makes a valuable contribution to aviation history and keeps the memory of these diverse and absorbing aircraft alive.

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The Miles M.52: Gateway to Supersonic Flight

Dennis Bancroft , Eric Brown

From an aviation legend comes the only personal account of the development of the M.52 and the mystery behind its cancelation

In December 1943, a top-secret contract (E.24/43) was awarded to Miles Aircraft. The contract was to build the world's first supersonic jet capable of 1,000 mph. The only reliable source of data on supersonic objects came from the Armament Research Department and their wind tunnel tests on ammunition. From this, Miles developed an exceptionally thin-winged, bullet-shaped aircraft. The research was inexplicably passed to the Americans in 1944 and by December 1945, one prototype was virtually complete. The second, destined for an attempt at the sound barrier was 80% complete. In February 1946, Captain Eric Brown was confirmed as the test pilot and October 1946 was set for the supersonic trials. However, on February 12, 1946, Miles were ordered to stop production. No plausible explanation was given for the cancelation when Britain was within six months of breaking the sound barrier. Eric Brown and others directly involved including Dennis Bancroft, the Chief Aerodynamicist on the M.52, have now come together to try and finally solve the mystery behind the cancelation.

FLYING THE "EYE"

Volume 7, Issue 4, 1974, Air International

Eric Brown

Captain Eric Brown, continuing his popular "Viewed from the Cockpit" series, describes the characteristics of the FockeWulf Fw 189; an "eye in the sky" that also served as a useful night fighter later

Viewed from the Cockpit: A brush with exoticism

Volume 3, Issue 3, 1972, Air International

Eric Brown

 Captain Eric Brown, RN, relates, in our "viewed from the cockpit" series, the hitherto untold story of the testing of the Messerschmitt Me 163 in Britain, and its relevance to a projected supersonic research aircraft designed at Farnborough by German engineers

The Wooden Wonder goes aboard - The de Havilland Sea Mosquito

Volume 26, Issue 6, 1984, Air International

Eric Brown

Capt Eric Brown continues his series on Naval Aircraft of the 'forties with an account of the development of the Sea Mosquito and his first deck landings in a twin-engined aircraft

Tigercat - Grumman's Feline Twin

Volume 26, Issue 4, 1984, Air International

Eric Brown

Capt Eric Brown continues his "Viewed from the Cockpit" series with a discussion of the characteristics of the twin-engined Grumman F7F Tigercat

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Wings of the Luftwaffe

Eric Brown

During the first chaotic months after the fall of the Third Reich, the RAE sent test pilots throughout the British Zone of Occupation to collect examples of the Luftwaffe's standard aircraft and then ferry them to Farnborough. Captain Eric Brown was a pilot in this ferrying operation. Here Brown delivers a detailed assessment of the characteristics of these principal German aircraft: Fw200C; Heinkel He162; Junkers Ju87; Dornier Do217; Messerschmitt Me262, Bf109G, Bf110, Me163, and several others.

Sea Hawk - Epitome of elegance

Volume 23, Issue 6, 1982, Air International

Eric Brown

Capt Eric "Winkle" Brown, continuing his series of "Viewed from the Cockput" articles about post-war Naval aircraft, describes his long love affair with the Hawker Sea Hawk

Sea Hornet Supreme

Volume 23, Issue 4, 1982, Air International

Eric Brown

Capt Eric Brown continues his series on flying post-war naval aircraft with a contribution on the de Havilland Sea Hornet, which he recalls as the best aeroplane he has ever flown

Cougar - First of the swept cats

Volume 23, Issue 1, 1982, Air International

Eric Brown

Capt Eric Brown continues with his "Viewed from the cockpit" series with an assessment of the Grumman F9F Cougar, the swept-wing derivative of the Panther and first shipboard fighter to feature wing sweep

Final Furioso

Volume 18, Issue 2, 1980, Air International

Eric Brown

Capt Eric Brown continues his series on the handling of naval aircraft with an assessment of the Hawker Sea Fury, the last and perhaps the greatest of the Fleet Air Arms piston-engined fighters

The classic Heinkel

Volume 5, Issue 5, 1973, Air International

Eric Brown

As well as being one of the most outstanding warplanes of the mid 'thirties, the Heinkel He 111 became almost synonymous with the term Blitzkreig in the early war years as a result of its wide use by the Luftwaffe. Capt Eric Brown continues his contribution to the "viewd from the Cockpit" series with a flying assessment of this bomber

Miles M.52 - The Supersonic Dream

Volume 13, August 1980, Air Enthusiast

Eric Brown

The sad story of Britain's first supersonic aircraft design

The Audacious Arrow

Volume 4, Issue 1, 1973, Air International

Eric Brown

Viewed from the cockpit series - Flying the Dornier Do 335

ASSESSING AN ANACHRONISM

Volume 7, Issue 1, 1974, Air International

Eric Brown

Captain Eric Brown continues his "Viewed from the Cockpit" series by describing an aircraft whose very name became synonymous with the Blitzkrieg techniques employed by the Luftwaffe in the early phases of World War II —the Junkers Ju 87 dive bomber.

CONDOR — AN ELEGANT IMPROVISATION

Volume 7, Issue 3, 1974, Air International

Eric Brown

The Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Condor gained a justifiable reputation as the scourge of Atlantic shipping in the early war years, but assessments of its fighting character were not wholly accurate, as Capt Eric Brown relates in this new contribution in our "Viewed from the Cockpit" series

THE GRIEVOUS GRIFFIN

Volume 8, Issue 4, 1975, Air International

Eric Brown

In his "Viewed from the Cockpit" series, Capt Eric Brown describes the flight characteristics of the Heinkel He 177 and recalls the extraordinary story of the capture of the first complete specimen to fall into Allied hands

FLYING THE 'PREGNANT PENCIL'

Volume 8, Issue 5, 1975, Air International

Eric Brown

Continuing his "Viewed from the Cockpit" series, Capt Eric Brown describes the flying characteristics of the Dornier Do
217, as sampled by him in the weeks immediately after the end of World War II

HEINKEL'S NOCTURNAL PREDATOR

Volume 9, Issue 1, 1975, Air International

Eric Brown

Capt Eric Brown continues his "Viewed from the Cockpit" series with an account of the flying characteristics of the Heinkel He 219, the Luftwaffe's first purpose-built night fighter and one that proved particularly potent in the hands of qualified pilots

IRON ANNIE FROM DESSAU

Volume 9, Issue 4, 1975, Air International

Eric Brown

The Junkers Ju 52/3m looked old-fashioned even before World War II began, but it was far from being outmoded and served the Luftwaffe with distinction until 1945. In the "Viewed from the Cockpit" series, Capt Eric Brown recalls "Iron Annie's" flying characteristics

THE BF 110 - HERMANN'S DESTROYER

Volume 5, Issue 4, 1973, Air International

Eric Brown

Despite an unsatisfactory performance during the "Battle of Britain" the Messerschmitt Bf 110 acquitted itself well enough throughout most of World War II and is categorised by Capt Eric Brown in this further contribution to our "Viewed from the Cockpit" series as "a versatile and effective combat aircraft"

LIKE GREASED LIGHTNING

Volume 4, Issue 2, 1973, Air International

Eric Brown

Captain Eric Brown continues his "Viewed from the Cockpit" series on the German aircraft types of World War II with an account of the remark-able Arado Ar 234 Blitz, and we present a new cutaway drawing.

Viewed from the Cockpit: Mastering Heinkel's Minimus

Volume 2, Issue 6, 1972, Air International

Eric Brown

produced just too late to see operational service in World War II, the Heinkel HE 162 was an ingenious attempt to reap the benefits of the then-new turbojet in the shortest possible time and at the lowest possible cost. The subsequent examination and flight-testing of captured HE 162's in the UK is described in our "Viewed from the cockpit" series by Captain E M Brown, RN, his description of the characteristics of this unique combat aircraft being accompanied by an exclusive cutaway drawing

Dawn of the carrier jet

Volume 28, Issue 1, 1985, Air International

Eric Brown

Continuing his series devoted to the handling of Naval aircraft in the early post-war years, Capt Eric "Winkle" Brown recalls his pioneering flights onto carrier decks in the Vampire and the Meteor

Test pilot profile No 13: Capt E. M. "Winkle" Brown

Volume 13, Issue 12, 1985, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Don Middleton , Eric Brown

Don Middleton traces the career of the naval and experimental test pilot who has flown no fewer than 485 different aircraft types

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Wings of the Luftwaffe: Flying German aircraft of the Second World War

Eric Brown , Eric Melrose Brown

During the first chaotic months after the fall of the Third Reich, the RAE sent test pilots throughout the British Zone of Occupation to collect examples of the Luftwaffe's standard aircraft and then ferry them to Farnborough. Captain Eric Brown was a pilot in this ferrying operation. Here Brown delivers a detailed assessment of the characteristics of these principal German aircraft: Fw200C; Heinkel He162; Junkers Ju87; Dornier Do217; Messerschmitt Me262, Bf109G, Bf110, Me163, and several others.

DAS GROSSFLUGBOOT WIKING

Volume 20, Issue 4, 1981, Air International

Eric Brown

he Blohm and Voss BV 222 flying boat is "Viewed from the Cockpit" by Capt Eric Brown, and the design history of this massive patrol aircraft is here described, with a new cutaway drawing.

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Wings of the Luftwaffe: Flying German Aircraft of World War II (Consign)

Eric Brown

During more than two decades of uninterrupted flying Eric Winkle Brown enjoyed the most extraordinary career of any test pilot and no pilot has a logbook that lists a greater variety of aircraft types flown. The first naval officer to head the élite Aerodynamics Flight at the world renowned Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, `Winkle` Brown fulfilled his childhood ambition to fly German aircraft. Indeed, he was to fly no fewer than 55 individual German aircraft types, ranging from such exotic creations as the push-and-pull Dornier Do 335 and the remarkable little Heinkel He 162 Volksjager to the highly innovative combat types that were entering the inventory of the Luftwaffe shortly before the demise of Germany s Third Reich. Winkle Brown also interrogated many of the leading German wartime aviation personalities, such as Willy Messerschmitt, Ernst Heinkel, Kurt Tank, and Hanna Reitsch. From his unique knowledge of German aviation, Winkle Brown has selected the most important and most promising aircraft employed by the Luftwaffe and those evolved for that air arm in Germany during World War II the true wings of the Luftwaffe. He describes their background and characteristics, and together with more than 200 photographs, color profiles, and sectional drawings provides an in-depth assessment of the contribution made to the annals of military aviation in the late 1930s and early 1940s by an aircraft industry that proved itself truly second to none in ingenuity.

7/07/2010

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Wings on My Sleeve (Phoenix Press)

Eric Brown

Eric Brown went to Germany in 1939 on an exchange course, and his first experience of the war came when the Gestapo arrested him, not knowing he was an RAF pilot. The rest is history. He is the only man alive to have flown every major and most minor combat aircraft of the Second World War (as well as all the early jets), and has been interviewed by the top Nazis. While testing the Nazi jets in war-stricken Germany, he interviewed (among others) Hermann Goering and Hanna Reitsch. A living legend among aviation enthusiasts, his amazing life story deserves to be told in full—from crashing in front of Winston Churchill to unmasking a Neo-Nazi ring in the 1950s to his terrifying flights in primitive jets and rockets.

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Wings of the Weird & Wonderful (Consign)

Eric Brown

Eric Winkle Brown, the former Chief Naval Test Pilot and Commanding Officer of the renowned Aerodynamics Flight at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as having flown more types of aircraft than any other pilot in the world. The ground rules for this assessment were that only pilot-in-command flights should count, and that marks or variants of a basic type of aircraft were not included.
This remarkable record is reflected in the fact that Captain Brown is both the most decorated Fleet Air Arm and British test pilot. The variety of aircraft he has flown is incredible, and though his test and naval flying writings are already internationally known, he now has opened up pages of his Flying Log Books to reveal some of the more unusual types in his unique experience, and to relate their virtues or vices.
From the infamous Mitsubishi Zero-Sen and U.S. Navy s piston-engine Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat to the post-war swept-wing de Havilland Swallow. From the North American Savage designed to take off from an aircraft carrier with a nuclear bomb to the Supermarine Attacker, Eric Winkle Brown has tested their qualities and takes the reader into the cockpits of those exciting aircraft to thrill to the joys and hazards of flying both weird and wonderful aircraft with one of the greatest of all pilots.

Pilot'S Perspective

Volume 32, Issue 05, 2004, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Eric Brown

A report on flying the Ar 234 by Captain Eric M. Brown, one of the few British pilots to fly the type

Pilot'S Perspective

Volume 30, Issue 09, 2002, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Eric Brown

Capt Eric M. Brown recalls testing the the N.7/46 in 1949, and Air Vice-Marshal George Black relates his experiences flying the Sea Hawk in combat

Flying the Butcher Bird

Volume 43, Issue 10, 2010, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Eric Brown

To celebrate the publication of a much-expanded version of his Wings of the Luftwaffe book, Capt Eric “Winkle” Brown describes flying the Fw 190, Storch and bizarre asymmetric Bv 141.

THE SLOW AND THE 'FOOLPROOF'

Volume 11, Issue 6, 1976, Air International

Eric Brown

In a postscript to his recent series on flying German aircraft of World War II, Capt Eric Brown recalls two novelties: the slow-flying Fieseler Storch and the even slower Zaunkoenig — an enterprising attempt to produce a really foolproof aeroplane.

FAIREY'S 'MIGHTY MONSTER' — THE BARRACUDA

Volume 12, Issue 5, 1977, Air International

Eric Brown

Opening a new "Viewed from the Cockpit" series devoted to British naval aircraft, Capt Eric Brown describes the not altogether satisfactory experience of flying in the Barracuda, and we present new cutaway and cockpit drawings.

BLACKBURN'S ILL-FATED DUO

Volume 13, Issue 5, 1977, Air International

Eric Brown

Captain Eric Brown continues his account of the flying characteristics of wartime naval aircraft by describing the Skua and the Roc.

THE SPEARFISH . A MISCONCEIVED WELTERWEIGHT

Volume 14, Issue 1, 1978, Air International

Eric Brown

Capt Eric Brown continues a series on the flying characteristics of wartime naval aircraft with a description of Fairey's potential successor to the Barracuda

ALBACORE . THE GENTLEMAN'S STRINGBAG

Volume 14, Issue 3, 1978, Air International

Eric Brown

Captain Eric Brown, RN, continues his "Viewed from the Cockpit" series on Naval aeroplanes with an account of the characteristics and service use of Fairey's successor to the Swordfish.

SPITFIRES WITH SEA-BOOTS

Volume 15, Issue 4, 1978, Air International

Eric Brown

apt Eric Brown concludes his two-part account, in our "Viewed from the Cockpit" series, of the evolution and operation of the Seafire. This instalment covers the introduction of the folding-wing Seafire III and describes the Griffon-engined variants.

SWORDFISH — AN AMIABLE ANACHRONISM

Volume 16, Issue 3, 1979, Air International

Eric Brown

Captain Eric Brown continues his series on the flying characteristics and operational careers of wartime Naval aircraft with an account of Fairey's famous biplane torpedo-bomber.

CORSAIR: ANATHEMA OR AMBROSIA?

Volume 16, Issue 5, 1979, Air International

Eric Brown

Captain Eric Brown recalls impressions of the Chance Vought Corsair, widely regarded as one of the best Navy fighters of World War II, but with a raft of characteristics that were not overly favourable.

SHIPBOARD FIGHTER EXTEMPORE

Volume 17, Issue 3, 1979, Air International

Eric Brown

Capt Eric Brown continues his series on flying wartime naval aircraft with an account of the Hawker Sea Hurricane's operational career and flying characteristics.

THE DOUGHTY DAUNTLESS

Volume 17, Issue 4, 1979, Air International

Eric Brown

Capt Eric Brown, continuing his series
on the handling characteristics and oper-ational careers of naval aircraft of World WarnII, describes the Douglas SBD dive bomber

LAST OF THE WARTIME 'CATS

Volume 18, Issue 5, 1980, Air International

Eric Brown

Capt Eric Brown describes, in his "Viewed from the Cockpit" series on Naval aircraft of World War II, the Grumman F8F Bearcat, a fighter that he found to be almost viceless...

PANTHER — FIRST OF THE JET CATS

Volume 22, Issue 3, 1982, Air International

Eric Brown

Capt Eric Brown resumes his ever-popular ""Viewed from the Cockpit" articles with a new series devoted to the naval fighters of the first post-WWII decades. The series begins with the Grumman F9F Panther.

Viewed from the cockpit - ATTACKER — A BELATED BEGINNING

Volume 22, Issue 5, 1982, Air International

Eric Brown

Continuing his"Viewed from the Cockpit" series on Naval aircraft, Capt Eric Brown describes the long and slow evolution of the Attacker, and its short service life as the Royal Navy's first jet fighter to be deployed at sea.

THE ILL-FAVOURED HELLDIVER

Volume 17, Issue 6, 1979, Air International

Eric Brown

In his continuing series de-scribing the flying characteristics of wartime naval aircraft, Capt Eric Brown recalls the Curtiss SB2C Helldiver, widely used by the USN but not adopted by the Fleet Air Arm.

Viewed from the Cockpit - Valediction for the veteran Vought

Volume 15, Issue 6, 1978, Air International

Eric Brown

The Vought V-156-B, a version of the SB2U, saw brief service with Britain's Fleet Air Arm as the Chesapeake.Its flying characteristics and service career are here recalled by Capt Eric Brown.

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