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    DescriptionEric Brown was on a University of Edinburgh exchange course in Germany in 1939, and the first he knew of the war was when the Gestapo came to arrest him. They released him, not realizing he was a pilot in the RAF volunteer reserve: and the rest is history. Eric Brown joined the Fleet Air Arm and went on to be the greatest test pilot in history, flying more different aircraft types than anyone else. He is the only man alive who has flown every major (and most minor) combat aircraft of the Second World War as well as all the early jets. Speaking perfect German, he went to Germany in 1945 to test the Nazi jets, interviewing (among others) Hermann Goering and Hanna Reitsch. He flew the suicidally dangerous Me 163 rocket plane, and tested the first British jets. He would have been the first man to break the sound barrier, except that the British government cancelled the programme and gave the technology to America. His naval career continues to this day, as he advises on the new aircraft carrier design for the Royal Navy. A living legend among aviation enthusiasts, his amazing life story deserves to be told in full -- from crashing in front of Winston Churchill to unmasking a Neo-Nazi ring in the 1950s to his terrifying flights in primitive jets and rockets.


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    Title
    Wings on My Sleeve
    Subtitle
    The World's Greatest Test Pilot Tells His Story
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Captain Eric Brown
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 292 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780753822098
    ISBN 10: 0753822091
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.6
    BIC subject category V2: TRP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027140
    BIC subject category V2: BGT
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26870
    BISAC V2.8: TRA002010
    DC22: 629.13092
    BISAC V2.8: BIO008000
    Illustrations note
    120
    Publisher
    Orion Publishing Co
    Imprint name
    Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
    Publication date
    01 September 2007
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Now 88, Captain Brown CBE, OBE, MBE, DSC, AFC, KCVSA 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.