Spitfire Books


By Captain Eric Brown CBE DSC AFC RN

Signed by Eric 'Winkle' Brown

  • Price: £ 35

Signed by Eric Brown on the title page

Published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2006. Revised & updated edition.  284 pages and well illustrated with photographs.

Near Fine condition hardback book and Fine condition dustjacket.  Clean, bright and unread. There is a small 5mm bump to the bottom edge of the front cover (not affecting the dustjacket) which prevents the book from being Fine and is priced accordingly. In all other respects it is a lovely copy.

Originally written in 1961, this is the fully revised, updated and expanded autobiography of the incredible Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown.

Eric flew every major (and most minor) combat aircraft of WWII as well as all of the early jets.  As a German speaking airman, he went to Germany in 1945 to test the Nazi jets and rocket aircraft and interviewed Herman Goering and Hanna Reitch.

He was decorated more times than any other British test pilot and Fleet Air Arm pilot. He had a world record of 2,407 deck landings to his credit, including many world ‘firsts’. He also recorded more catapult launches than any other pilot. Extensive research indicated that he had flown more types of aircraft than any other pilot in the world, and certainly the most astonishing assortment. He was Chief Naval Test Pilot at RAE Farnborough, and became the first naval officer to command the world renowned Aerodynamics Flight, which was regarded as the top post in experimental research test flying.

Known as ‘Britain’s Greatest Pilot’, Eric died in 2016 and this book is testament to his incredible flying life and achievements.