Legendary pilot Captain Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown to visit de Havilland Aircraft Museum

Picture by Garry Lakin

Picture by Garry Lakin

First published in News St Albans & Harpenden Review: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

Double world record holder pilot Captain Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown will officially open a sea exhibition at the de Havilland Aircraft Museum at London Colney this month.

The de Havilland at Sea exhibition will be unveiled by Captain Brown, now 95, who was has the distinction of flying more types of aircraft and making more landings on aircraft carriers than any other pilot, on June 21.

There the retired Royal Navy pilot will unveil a plaque at the new de Havilland At Sea display.

Mike Nevin, museum marketing director, said: "We are delighted that this distinguished pilot has agreed to be our guest for this important exhibition."

The exhibition will feature the aircraft which de Havilland designed and built for the Royal Navy in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, including the Sea Hornet, Sea Venom and Sea Vixen.

Capt Brown will be at the museum between 11am and 1pm, where he will meet visitors and sign prints of the Hatfield aircraft company’s Second World War Mosquito fighter-bomber, of which the museum has three including the Prototype.

Captain Brown recounted his flying experiences, encounters with the Nazis and adventures leading up to and during the Second World War during a BBC television documentary earlier this month, Britain’s greatest pilot: The extraordinary story of Captain Winkle Brown.

The museum is also completing preparations for another exhibition, to be opened next month, de Havilland - The Great War.

This will feature the types of aircraft which the company designed and built for the then Royal Flying Corps (RFC), the shooting down of two German airships, one crashing at Cuffley, and the RFC’s airfield at London Colney.

To find out more visit: www.dehavillandmuseum.co.uk

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