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Posted: 2/21/2016 2:08:47 PM EST
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-35626854

He was the Royal Navy's most decorated pilot and held the world record for flying the greatest number of different types of aircraft, 487.
Link Posted: 2/21/2016 2:11:27 PM EST
Met him a few times and had dinner with him on several occasions. A true Gentleman.

RIP.
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Link Posted: 2/21/2016 2:49:55 PM EST
Sorry to hear this. I met him at an awards ceremony last year where he won 'Great Scot of the year'. Had a nice talk with him for ten minutes after the prize giving about helicopters, Me262s and Hermann Göring and had a picture taken with him. RIP Sir !
Link Posted: 2/21/2016 2:59:27 PM EST
World War II veterans dies the Proper way: Of old age.
Link Posted: 2/21/2016 3:05:57 PM EST
Man sounds like a bad ass! Rest in peace, sir
Link Posted: 2/21/2016 3:12:23 PM EST
I had no idea he's still alive.

I do have his book about he German planes, very good read.

RIP
Link Posted: 2/21/2016 3:20:46 PM EST
I think Netflix has a documentary on him.

RIP
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Link Posted: 2/21/2016 3:28:24 PM EST
Damn, I always wanted to meet that guy.
Link Posted: 2/21/2016 3:31:14 PM EST
In an article I read years ago his wife attributed his survival as a test pilot to (paraphrasing), "He hasn't the imagination to see himself as a smoking hole in the ground."
Link Posted: 2/21/2016 3:31:25 PM EST
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What an amazing life.

The interviews with him are priceless,I particularly love him talking about Hanna Reitsch. He was too much of a gentleman to say "holy shit that woman was batshit" but comes pretty close.


The best quote he made was something like "there aren't enough of you to get me back in that thing" but for the life of me I'm spacing on which plane that was.
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Originally Posted By Agent_Funky:
Met him a few times and had dinner with him on several occasions. A true Gentleman.

RIP.
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Good Bless him. For Queen and country.
Link Posted: 2/21/2016 3:44:38 PM EST
RIP That guy had balls of steel.....
Link Posted: 2/21/2016 3:46:36 PM EST
I'd never heard of the man until now, and that's a damn shame. He was certainly a true hero of aviation and worthy of our admiration. Godspeed Captain Brown!
Link Posted: 2/21/2016 3:50:48 PM EST
Another great aviator gone. I think it was the series Wings of the Luftwaffe that he, and Gunther Rall gave some great interviews. I really enjoyed hearing what those guys had to say.
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Originally Posted By PonderosaPilatus:
I think Netflix has a documentary on him.

RIP
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Memories of a WWII Hero: Captain Brown's Story

Thanks, I know what I'll be watching tonight.
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Memories of a WWII Hero: Captain Brown's Story

Thanks, I know what I'll be watching tonight.
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Originally Posted By PonderosaPilatus:
I think Netflix has a documentary on him.

RIP


Memories of a WWII Hero: Captain Brown's Story

Thanks, I know what I'll be watching tonight.


It's very good. I'm re-watching it tonight in memory of him. More than 2400 carrier landings and 487 (basic) types of aircraft flown. Including a Komet! A hell of a life he led.
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Originally Posted By outofbattery:


The best quote he made was something like "there aren't enough of you to get me back in that thing" but for the life of me I'm spacing on which plane that was.
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I willing to bet it was the Me 163B Komet.

Looking at the list of types he flew I was surprised the Ju 88 wasn't on it. Also slightly surprised he flew only one of the V-Bombers, the Vickers Valiant.
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Damn, I always wanted to meet that guy.
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I missed meeting him by a few hours back in 2014.

He was one of our last living links to early years of aviation, and a win, place or show claimant of the title, "greatest aviator of the 20th century."

Thanks, CAPT Brown.
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I willing to bet it was the Me 163B Komet.

Looking at the list of types he flew I was surprised the Ju 88 wasn't on it. Also slightly surprised he flew only one of the V-Bombers, the Vickers Valiant.
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Originally Posted By outofbattery:


The best quote he made was something like "there aren't enough of you to get me back in that thing" but for the life of me I'm spacing on which plane that was.


I willing to bet it was the Me 163B Komet.

Looking at the list of types he flew I was surprised the Ju 88 wasn't on it. Also slightly surprised he flew only one of the V-Bombers, the Vickers Valiant.




I'm pretty sure it was the de Havilland DH 108 Swallow,pretty much a Vampire fuselage with Komet inspired wings and tail.

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Link Posted: 2/22/2016 12:23:17 AM EST
Recently I had read one of his books comparing various aircraft. RIP.
Link Posted: 2/22/2016 8:12:29 AM EST
If the British hadn't ditched their high speed research program, he may well have beaten Chuck Yeager as the first man to break the sound barrier.
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If the British hadn't ditched their high speed research program, he may well have beaten Chuck Yeager as the first man to break the sound barrier.
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Either Winkle or Peter Twiss were the likely candidates.

Twiss was the first pilot past 1,000mph (1,132mph) in March 1956 in the FD2

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Either Winkle or Peter Twiss were the likely candidates.

Twiss was the first pilot past 1,000mph (1,132mph) in March 1956 in the FD2

https://itdoesnthavetoberight.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/fd21.jpg
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Originally Posted By ACDer:
If the British hadn't ditched their high speed research program, he may well have beaten Chuck Yeager as the first man to break the sound barrier.



Either Winkle or Peter Twiss were the likely candidates.

Twiss was the first pilot past 1,000mph (1,132mph) in March 1956 in the FD2

https://itdoesnthavetoberight.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/fd21.jpg


I remember reading somewhere that Brown might have been preferred due to his small stature and limited room in the Miles M.52.
Link Posted: 2/22/2016 11:40:00 AM EST
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I remember reading somewhere that Brown might have been preferred due to his small stature and limited room in the Miles M.52.
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Originally Posted By Agent_Funky:
Originally Posted By ACDer:
If the British hadn't ditched their high speed research program, he may well have beaten Chuck Yeager as the first man to break the sound barrier.



Either Winkle or Peter Twiss were the likely candidates.

Twiss was the first pilot past 1,000mph (1,132mph) in March 1956 in the FD2

https://itdoesnthavetoberight.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/fd21.jpg


I remember reading somewhere that Brown might have been preferred due to his small stature and limited room in the Miles M.52.


remember reading that as well. Might be from his Biography, "Wings on my Sleeve".
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Yikes, braver man than me "Messerschmitt Me 163A & B Komet - Me 163B flown under power"
What a life to have had with the opportunity to fly 487 different aircraft. Color me jealous. RIP Good Sir.

Edit: Double yikes and a Heinkel He 162 Volksjäger
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