by Paul Beaver


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    Non Fiction



    Published by Penguin

    Published June 2023

    Discover the daring life story and astonishing adventures of Captain Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown – Britain’s greatest-ever pilot. Small in stature but immense in reputation and talent, there was more to Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown than met the eye.

    From shooting down Luftwaffe bombers from the deck of a carrier in the Battle of the Atlantic and narrowly escaping death when his ship was torpedoed, to accumulating a never-to-be repeated litany of world records and firsts as a test pilot, his unparalleled flying career saw him take the controls of over four hundred different kinds of aircraft – more than any other pilot in history. A rival to Chuck Yeager and hero to Neil Armstrong, by the time of his appearance on Desert Island Discs’ 1000th episode Winkle had become a legend in his own lifetime, and by his death, a national treasure. But despite his enormous fame, there have always been mysteries at the heart of Winkle’s story.

    Now, drawing on previously unseen documents and unfettered access to Winkle’s own personal archive, Paul Beaver uncovers the complex and enigmatic man behind the legend – the real story of Britain’s greatest pilot. A story Winkle insisted could only be told after his death . .

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