Wings on My Sleeve

Wings on My Sleeve

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 tes Eric Brown went to Germany in 1939 on an exchange course, and his first experience of the war came when the Gestapo arres...

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Title:Wings on My Sleeve
Author:Eric Brown
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Genres:Aviation
ISBN:Wings on My Sleeve
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:296 pages pages

Wings on My Sleeve Reviews

  • John Powell
    Jul 26, 2014
    It is quite clear from this book that Eric (Winkle) Brown had a unique and astonishing career as a test pilot and naval officer. Flying more types of aircraft than anyone else, his great skill and good fortune enabled him to survive in a profession that cost many others their lives. No...
  • Ronald_h
    Apr 07, 2016
    The biography of the most celebrated test pilot in history. He only passed away recently, in February 2016. Light yet fascinating reading, this is the stuff boy's adventures are made of, but all of it is real. ...
  • Jeff
    Feb 28, 2016
    This was an interesting account by a British naval pilot about his career in military aviation. I learned about him because he recently passed away (February 21, 2016), and he was a legend among pilots. He holds three Guinness records, for most planes flown, most aircraft carrier takeo...
  • Les
    Jan 31, 2014
    This guy has had a life that most can only dream of. Obviously of good breeding and from the right family, Eric Brown becomes a naval aviator during the early days of World War Two and after a brief combat career becomes a test pilot. He is absorbed into the fascinating and intense wor...
  • Laura
    May 31, 2012
    What a life! So much luck. Suited for aviation enthusiasts. ...
  • Andrew McClarnon
    Dec 29, 2015
    What an amazing career, too much for one book really. The inclusion of lots of photographs helped bring it all to life, but there was a bit too much repetition of some statements that could have been cut to make room for a glossary of the technical terms. Still, this is the sort of boo...
  • Alan Clark
    Jun 03, 2014
    Brown certainly had an eventful career, which makes for an entertaining read. However, the writing would have benefited from a critical examination before publication. Brown uses quite a bit of jargon which is not explained, and uses strange phraseology at times. He also leaves out...
  • Gareth Owens
    Jan 14, 2018
    Gripping account of the career of Britain's finest ever pilot. If you like flying, you'll love this book. Even the list of types Eric Winkle Brown flew in his career (more than any other pilot) had me drooling! ...
  • Brent
    Jan 20, 2013
    This is my favorite pilot biography or autobiography by a long shot. Eric Brown holds the record for test flying more aircraft than any other pilot. The book begins with Brown flying missions is American made Wildcats off escort carriers in defense of Allied shipping and ends with his ...
  • Dave
    Jan 24, 2013
    What a career in Naval Aviation (all time master "bagger" in any service!) and flying unusual aircraft as a Test Pilot or in his fascinating task to retrieve captured German Aircraft after end of hostilities in Europe with no instruction. ...
  • Jean
    Jul 02, 2016
    Captain Eric Brown died 21 February 2016 at the age of 97 in Surry, England. Brown was born in Leth, Scotland in 1919. This renewed the interest in his memoir and various biographies about Brown. This memoir was originally published in 1961. It has recently been reprinted but also is n...
  • Richard
    Jan 31, 2015
    Feel as though I am giving five stars out like water at the moment. This is a special book for me. Not only is it a great read at a great pace, the Mrs got a signed copy for my Birthday. Winkle is 96, still going strong and a client at my wife's firm. Don't make chaps like him any more...
  • Robert Hepple
    Jun 17, 2014
    A book that has tremendous appeal to any serious aviation enthusiast. The narrative style adopted makes it a very quick and easy read, sticking to the key objective of charting Eric Brown?s aviation career and giving quite a lot of detail in the process. It supports my theory that, s...
  • Tim Mansfield
    Jul 05, 2014
    A flying book - and I met the author in May. Already a legend, he went higher in my estimation as I read the book. ...
  • Roy Szweda
    Jul 07, 2015
    Was given this as a present and have not read any of his other books. However, I have read his articles in Air International over the years and enjoyed those. Less sure about the TV documentary that this book seems to be tied in with. He is one of the legends of aviation and anything ...
  • John
    Mar 05, 2016
    Captain Brown was an amazing pilot, test pilot, aeronaut, driver of change and development, but sadly not a great writer. The book starts with a brief reference to his early life and after a brief description of life before the war we are taken into an endless "listing" of his flyin...
  • Saxacat
    Feb 24, 2015
    I bought it mainly for the aviation aspects of the author's life. I feel the few mentions of family matters should have been expanded on somewhat, or not included; they seem a bit out of place. The writing style, while easy enough to get through, doesn't flow well; some parts come to...
  • Bastian
    Aug 21, 2018
    Eric Brown had an amazing life, full of daring adventures and a lot of flying hundreds of different aircraft. You can see the survivor bias at work: dozens of narrow escapes from death, while many a friend is killed in the line of duty. It makes for good stories. The book, however,...
  • William Barr
    Oct 27, 2015
    What strikes me is Eric Brown's modesty, he's done it all and remains unpretentious and understating of his many often astounding achievements. Would you fly an ME 163 just for the hell of it? Well would you punk? ...
  • Mike Pinter
    Dec 12, 2017
    A great read, and a very interesting life. ...
  • Ernest Godfrey
    Oct 22, 2018
    Remarkable The guy had a passion for all things flying and had the opportunity to indulge this. Don't forget however he had to survive a war and years and years as a test pilot which is not the safest job in the world. Well done sir i thoroughly enjoyed the read. ...
  • Lewis Clark
    Jun 26, 2018
    Eric Brown has lead a fascinating career in aviation and this book does it justice. Some incredibly informative and unbelievable stories from a charming and humble individual who genuinely seems to love aviation in all its forms. To recount any of them here would be a disservice to the...
  • Doug Stone
    Dec 19, 2016
    A very engaging book and the author writes quite modestly about his incredible accomplishments, including just staying alive where others met their fate. Test flying is every bit as dangerous as it sounds. I found his description of WWII combat very interesting, along with the ongoing ...
  • Geoff Titterton
    Apr 04, 2018
    Always meant to read his autobiography ? Enjoyed this immensely. My type of guy and oh so lucky in so many ways. A life well lived. Eric Winkle Brown I salute you. ...
  • Anibal Baranek
    Sep 04, 2018
    Good historical book. Must read if you are into the origins of naval aviation. ...
  • DaveRed
    Nov 28, 2017
    Really enjoyed this book, knew quite a bit about him anyway as he is a hero of mine. They really don?t make them like him anymore . Maybe if you aren?t as familiar with aircraft and ww2 as I am you may have to refer to the glossary but I think this is a book aimed at a niche group ...
  • Simon Devon
    Mar 09, 2018
    An excellent account of a life well lived. My only criticism is that I wanted more details! A great read for anyone, not just people interested in aviation. ...
  • Brian
    Nov 19, 2018
    I was lucky enough to meet the author of this book in April 2014 when he was doing a talk in Cambridge University on flying captured German aircraft at the end of World War 2 and what an experience it was! They say you should never meet your heroes but that was certainly an exception t...
  • Roger Roud
    Mar 06, 2019
    Brilliant a great read One of the best historic aviation books I have read. In A lo n g time. A real insight to the world of Test pilots. ...
  • LM525
    Aug 26, 2018
    Great Life. Really wanted to love this book after seeing a documentary on the author but sadly not. Without the knowledge of the aircraft discussed I found the content limited. ...