Legendary test pilot Captain Eric “Winkle” Brown talks about his work at the Royal Aircraft Establishment in Farnborough and his experiences of Germany after World War II. Starting off with his time working on the compressibility and transonic research at the RAE’s Aero Flight just after the end of World War II he goes on to discuss his test flying the special swept wing research aircraft and reflects how well adapted the Spitfire wing was for this work. He then refers back to the exotic German jet and rocket aircraft he flew at the end World War II particularly in relation to compressibility and the capabilities of German aero engineers in the war and the German approach, or lack of it, to flight testing.
Captain Brown also reminisces about his favourite aircraft, the de Havilland Hornet and discusses some post war flight testing including issues with the Avro Tudor, and even transonic testing on the Tudor which had a poor safety record in passenger service. He then discusses why the Handley Page Halifax used to corkscrew into the ground while on operations.
The interviews were conducted by in 1979 by Rodney Giesler and were edited Mike Stanberry FRAeS.
Photo: Captured Messerschmitt Me262A-2a, Air Min 80, on display at the German aircraft exhibition at Farnborough, 1945