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Eric Brown
Naval Pilot Who Landed Jet Plane on Carrier. On 3 December 1945, Lieut Cdr Eric Melrose Brown, MBE, DSC, RNVR, Chief Naval Test Pilot, Landed a De Havilland Sea Vampire Jet Aircraft on the Flight Deck of the British Aircraft Carrier HMS Ocean..jpg
Brown in December 1945
Birth name Eric Melrose Brown
Nickname(s) Winkle
Born (1919-01-21)21 January 1919
Leith, Scotland
Died 21 February 2016(2016-02-21) (aged 97)
Surrey, England
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Years of service 1939–1970
Rank Captain
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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