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De Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre visitors meets double world record holder pilot, Caption Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown
Visitors to a London Colney museum had the opportunity to meet a double world record holder pilot at an event to raise money for a heritage centre.
De Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre opened its doors on Saturday, September 28 and residents got the chance to meet Caption Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown, 94, a retired Fleet Air Arm and test pilot.
He has flown more types of aircraft and made more landings on aircraft carriers than any other pilot.
"It was not the first time Caption Brown has been to the Heritage Centre but we were absolutely delighted to welcome him back." Site director Alan Bradstock said.
Caption Brown and more than 15 other retired Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and test pilots who have all flown the de Havilland Hornet and Sea Hornet, were at the Heritage Centre to sign dozens of prints of a new painting of the aircraft.
The aircraft is a fast twin-engined fighter designed and built by de Havilland at its Hatfield headquarters from 1944.
Among the celebrated guests signing the pictures were also Chantelle de Havilland, grand-daughter of Sir Geoffrey de Havilland, founder of the aircraft company and Sonia Finnegan, the company’s former deputy test pilot.
Mr Bradstock said: "It was a great occasion and many people came along who bought prints of Philip E West’s new painting."
Among the visitors were cadets of the 2203 Hatfield & de Havilland Squadron Air Training Corps.
Proceeds from the sale of the prints were donated to the Heritage Centre in Salisbury Hall, which is also home to the Mosquito Aircraft Museum. The original painting, an oil on canvas, was on show and was also sold, reportedly for £3,250.
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