The flying exploits of Captain Eric “Winkle” Brown RN have become legend to a legion of aero-enthusiasts in the United Kingdom and around the world. Yet what was he really like as a person?
To his surprise, film-maker Nicholas Jones was one who perhaps got a better idea than most, albeit in the later years of Eric’s life. He met Captain Brown as a result of making TV documentaries about Sir Frank Whittle, the Father of Jet Propulsion. Whittle and “Winkle” became friends in 1944, during the RAE tests of the early Whittle turbojets.
Yet it would not be until 2005, when making a new Whittle documentary, that he got to meet him in person.
Eric soon started talking about the traumatic aftermath of the sinking of his carrier HMS Audacity in 1941. “I got the impression of a veteran who remained deeply affected by war but would not show it. I also realised he was a man who took no nonsense”.
Nick was astonished to learn what Winkle really thought of Mountbatten, Doenitz, Harold MacMillan and even Ed Milliband MP (!) “I learned a lot about his political beliefs and his views on the merits of various royal pilots. I realised he was a strange mixture of stern Fleet Air Arm commander and irreverent chappie who really had little time for those in high places. I can see why he did not make flag officer”.
He instead flew 487 different types of aircraft – an unbeatable record – and survived numerous accidents. Vulcan enthusiasts will be particularly interested to know how much he loved the country’s fabled V-Bombers and the Canberra. Sadly he did not fly the Vulcan but his 487 includes the Valiant.
Here is your opportunity to learn about the man from the person who perhaps knew him best.
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Would attendees please note that this is an active Industrial and farm location and therefore please park considerately and not block the entrances to other units. There is ample parking both in front of the units and also some on the road behind. Please park tightly.
Starting time is 2:00pm. Approximate running time is 2 hours including interval.
There will be free light refreshments, tea, coffee, soft drinks and biscuits.
A range of merchandise will also be available from the mobile shop
Unit 13, Cadle Pool Farm
Stratford upon Avon
From the M40
Take the A46 towards Stratford upon Avon, having dropped down the hill towards the Bishopton Roundabout carry straight over (3rd exit) still on the A46with the Park and Ride visible on your left. Over the Railway and the Canal. Proceed up the hill to the next roundabout; this is the Alcester Road Roundabout. Take first exit, towards town centre, on to the Alcester Road A422. Take the second road on the left opposite the Petrol Station this is the Ridgeway, back over the A46 for approx. ¾’s of a mile, 150 metres past a house on the right there is a turning to Cadle Pool Farm, just as the road bends, turn in and down the hill, over the little bridge at the bottom turn left, past MJ Tech on your right, Unit 13 is next on your right with parking on your left. Look for some VTTST signs.
Jnct 9 Tewkesbury A46 to Evesham continue on A46 towards Stratford upon Avon, on reaching the Alcester Road Roundabout. Carry straight on, second exit, A422 to Town Centre, then follow the instructions above.