Eric Brown (pilot) facts for kids
Brown in May 2015
|Birth name||Eric Melrose Brown|
21 January 1919|
|Died||21 February 2016
|Years of service||1939–1970|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Captain Eric Melrose "Winkle" Brown, CBE, DSC, AFC, Hon FRAeS, RN (21 January 1919 – 21 February 2016) was a Scottish Royal Navy officer and test pilot. He flew 487 different types of aircraft, more than anyone else in history.
He also held the world record for most aircraft carrier landings performed (2,407) and was the Fleet Air Arm's most decorated living pilot. He achieved several "firsts" in naval aviation, including the first landings on an aircraft carrier of a twin-engined aircraft, an aircraft with a tricycle undercarriage and a jet-propelled aircraft.
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On 3 December 1945, Brown became the first pilot to land on and take off (pictured) from an aircraft carrier in a jet-engined aircraft when he flew a de Havilland Sea Vampire to HMS Ocean.
A Royal Air Force Hoverfly I of the type flown by Brown from Speke to Farnborough in 1945
Captain Eric Brown receiving the Air League's Founder's Medal from Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in May 2015 "for his amazing flying achievements and involvement with aviation during a remarkable lifetime."
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