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The autobiography of one of the greatest pilots in history.

In 1939 Eric Brown was on a University of Edinburgh exchange course in Germany, and the first he knew of the war was when the Gestapo came to arrest him. They released him, not realising he was a pilot in the RAF volunteer reserve - and the rest is history.

Eric Brown joined the Fleet Air Arm and went on to be the greatest test pilot in history, flying more different aircraft types than anyone else. During his lifetime he made a record-breaking 2,407 aircraft carrier landings and survived 11 plane crashes.

One of Britain's few German-speaking airmen, he went to Germany in 1945 to test the Nazi jets, interviewing (among others) Hermann Goering and Hanna Reitsch. He flew the suicidally dangerous Me 163 rocket plane and tested the first British jets.

Wings on My Sleeve is 'Winkle' Brown's incredible story.

©2006 Eric Brown (P)2016 Orion Publishing Group

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Great

Interesting if you are interested in planes, fascinating if you love planes and their history

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For enthusiasts

This work tends toward the technical and would appeal to senior retired air crew and related support workers I believe.
The risks Eric Brown and many other test pilots accepted as part of their duty during war time and post war Britain amazed me.

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an amazing book

This is truly a must read; an amazing book about an amazing life in the air.

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Top story

Was really interesting story and a must listen for ww2 fighter plane fans. Top narrative and well writen.

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Great story about an incredible flying career.

Really enjoyed this book, but felt that i didn't really get to know much about Eric Brown personally. A couple of things that I knew about him, for example that he attended the 1933 Olympics and not shaking Hermann Goering's hand, were absent. Highly recommended nontheless.

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  • Jay Grady
  • 02-07-2016

A great read!

I found this a real turner. The story of a truly unique flying career, never to be repeated.

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  • Bob Upndown
  • 23-10-2016

An incredible story from start to finish

If this were a work of fiction you'd say it was far fetched. Eric Brown was present at so many aviation milestones and saw so much in his long life. He had so many lucky escapes I'm beginning to think it was divine intervention as well as skill and luck that saved him. I met him once and he was a perfect gentleman. His book is gripping throughout and gives an incredible insight into wartime and post-war aviation development.

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  • Colin D.
  • 16-01-2017

A Remarkable Man and Incredible Pilot

A very interesting account of the life of a remarkable man and incredible pilot. It is mind boggling how many aircraft types and helicopters he flew. His skill , daring and enthusiasm are to be admired and his award of a CBE was well deserved.

The narration was very good, being clear and well paced.

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  • John D
  • 30-09-2016

What a remarkable career

Really enjoyable story of a remarkable career. Quite humbling, and yet not at all boastful. Very interesting to hear about the German experimental aircraft from the end of WWll

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  • DFB
  • 24-07-2016

An exceptional story

The story of an incredible man that covers a vast range of aviation situations and aircraft types. I can never understand why Winkle Brown is not better known for his record breaking achievements.

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  • PhilChurch
  • 09-07-2018

The story of one of histories most remarkable men.

Eric Brown is quite simply one of the most remarkable men in history, if Hollywood made his life into a film those who didn't know his story would think it a little far fetched.

Starting out flying rag and tube biplanes and finishing up on Mach 2 interceptors, plus just about every incremental change in between. Numerous aviation firsts and world records unlikely to be broken, this is the story of a truly great man who lived a full life and made a real difference.

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  • C HOGGARTH
  • 15-06-2018

Detailed and enjoyable

Required reading for anyone with an interest in aviation. Lots of detail and anecdotes, it is great to hear a master pilot's experiences with and opinion on so many famous aircraft.

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  • Jules
  • 31-05-2018

Strangely Dull

For someone who had such an amazing career, Capt Brown managed to make his autobiography very emotionless and more a list of dates and events, than the fascinating story one would expect. The narration was okay, given the lack of emotion in the words written,but my overall experience is best summed up in the title of this review

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  • paul hadfeild
  • 01-05-2018

This is a great read

Just keeps you fascinated all through ,you will not regret listening to this book and what a life story .

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  • leslie
  • 04-04-2018

Brilliant!

Absolutely fantastic story, I couldnt stop listening to this. Anybody who has an interest in aviation will be bowled over at the shear experience 'Winkle' accrued, the types from all countries and the 'firsts' that he completed is mind boggling. An awesome life lived by an outstanding character.