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Wings on My Sleeve (Phoenix Press) Paperback – September 1, 2007
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'fascinating... If you only buy one aviation book this year, make sure it's this one.' TODAY'S PILOT 'In all the lists of those magnificent men in their flying machines, this must surely come very near the top.' DAILY MAIL 'The stories beggar belief.' THE GUARDIAN 'Copiously illustrated, filled with insights, opionion, anecdotes and observations, this is a gem of a book.' NAVY NEWS 'a fascinating story... for anyone interested in aviation, this is required reading.' AEROPLANE magazine 'a fascinating story ... full of absorbing information and insight.' TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Eric Brown is in the GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS for having flown more aircraft types (487) than any other pilot in history. His record is unlikely ever to be broken. Captain Brown CBE, DSC, AFC, KCVSA, RN, became a test pilot during the Second World War and commanded the RAE Aerodynamics Flight at Farnborough. He played a key role in the design of an entire generation of aircraft. No other man could have claimed to have interrogated several senior Nazis, flown their jet aircraft or tested so many experimental machines. The Royal Navy's most decorated pilot, Captain Eric Brown died in 2016 at the age of 97.
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In just shy of 300 pages you cannot go into every detail when presenting a lifespan of interesting adventures, so this book is a good introduction into the human being behind all the records, and puts many things into perspective. It certainly also serves as a good companion to Captain Browns many other books (if you can find them), which are usually devoted to more delimited topics and thus enter into much more detail.
There are also a few very interesting pictures, correctly captioned and wonderfully accompanying the text. Regarding the binding (see other reviews), the book is rather heavy for its small size, and the binding is a bit narrow, but nothing that will get in the way of an extraordinary reading experience. You would probably need quite some harsh treatment to get a few pages loose, so if you open the book and pages do fall out, then you should return it!
I seldom recommend any book as a "must have", but this one is one of these that any aircraft enthusiast simply cannot miss - highly recommended.
Unfortunately, I couldn't give this review 5 stars because the book binding is so bad. My first copy came apart within the first few readings and I have been VERY careful with the second. It looks like the binder just didn't use the right type, or amount of glue.
This is the autobiography of an exceptional pilot who had a unique career (where unique is used in its original meaning of the only one of its kind). Nobody has ever flown as many aircraft types, nobody has ever made as many carrier landings and few have ever been in as many situations where survival depended on skill and split-second judgment. Added to that he spoke fluent German and, amongst many other things, interviewed Goering. If the term had been coined when Captain Brown was still flying, he would certainly have been said to have “The Right Stuff”.
This book is the rare case where the blurb is accurate, perhaps even understates the extraordinary content of the book. It is also very well, and very modestly, written. I could not put it down.
If you are interested in WW2, or aircraft, or courage, or exceptional people then read this book.
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