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The medals and log books of Captain Eric “Winkle” Brown

Statement from Professor Dominic Tweddle, Director General of The National Museum of the Royal Navy. November 25 2016

We are delighted to announce that The National Museum of the Royal Navy has been able to secure the medals and log books of Captain Eric “Winkle” Brown following the intervention of an incredibly generous donor. It is fair to say that Captain Brown was by many measures the Fleet Air Arm’s most significant pilot of the post-war period and we are thrilled and honoured to be able to class this collection as one of our own.

We can now preserve the record of innovation which is contained within Captain Brown’s log books which includes previously untapped information and display them for the world to see. The Fleet Air Arm Museum is the spiritual home of the service and a right and fitting place for the medals and logbook to be displayed at. (Please be advised the log books are not yet available for research or display.)

The medals and log books of Captain Eric “Winkle” Brown were secured for the nation following the intervention of an incredibly generous, anonymous donor by The National Museum of the Royal Navy for display at its Fleet Air Arm Museum.

The medals go on display in Hall 1 for a short period from 21st of January (which would have been Captain Brown’s birthday) until the 19th February. The collection will then be withdrawn so we can conduct our own research and also prepare for a permanent display due to be lauched later in 2017. Please be advised the log books are not yet available for research or display.

It is fair to say that Captain Brown was by many measures the Fleet Air Arm’s most significant pilot of the post-war period. He holds a world record for the most aircraft carrier take-offs – 2,407 and the most landings – 2,271, and on 3rd December 1945 became the first ever pilot to take off and land a jet aircraft – the Sea Vampire - on a carrier. Come and see a selection of his medals in this temporary, but powerful display. (Vampire is also located in Hall 3).

 

Captain Eric Brown at the Fleet Air Arm museum with his medals

Just as importantly the Museum worked with him to record in detail the long span of his service to form a key part of the archive – which includes the nation’s most significant collection of naval pilots’ flying logs – of the Fleet Air Arm.


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