This lecture looks back at the life of Captain Eric Brown HonFRAeS – universally known as ‘Winkle’ who sadly passed away earlier this year. Paul had had the privilege of knowing Eric for more than 35 years. During this time, Paul developed a deep understanding of the great aviator’s life and personal history – and a great affection for the Nation’s Greatest Aviator.
Paul tells Eric’s story from riding the ‘wall of death’ to flying German rocket planes; from surviving the sinking of HMS Audacity to the liberation of Bergan-Belsen concentration camp; 2407 deck landings to his friendship with the late Neil Armstrong. Paul will also highlight some of the lesser known aspects of Eric’s enormous contribution to aviation and the 20th Century.
About the speaker:
Paul Beaver FRAeS, Beaver Westminster Ltd
Paul Beaver is an historian, broadcaster and writer who specialises in Air Power. For 15 years, he was directly linked to Jane’s including Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of Jane’s Defence Weekly. Paul retired from the Army Reserve in 2013 with the rank of Colonel, late of the Army Air Corps. He is Chairman of No 1010 (City of Salisbury) Squadron of the Air Cadet Organisation and a Corporate Ambassador for SSAFA – the armed forces charity. He organises the Chalke Valley History Festival’s Air Display.