The autobiography of one of the greatest pilots in history
Eric Brown was on a University of Edinburgh exchange course in Germany in 1939, and the first he knew of the war was when the Gestapo came to arrest him. They released him, not realising he was a pilot in the RAF volunteer reserve, and the rest is history. Eric Brown joined the Fleet Air Arm and went on to become the greatest test pilot in history, flying more different aircraft types than anyone else. He is the only man alive who has flown every major (and most minor) combat aircraft of the Second World War as well as the early jets.
Speaking perfect German, he went to Germany in 1945 to test the Nazi jets, interviewing, among others, Hermann Goering and Hanna Reitsch. He flew the suicidally dangerous Me 163 rocket plane and tested the first British jets. He would have been the first man to break the sound barrier, except that the British government cancelled the programme and gave the technology to America.
He is a living legend among aviation enthusiasts.
Eric Brown (1960- )
Eric Brown is a British science fiction author. Born in Hawthorn, Yorkshire, he began writing at the age of 15. His first publication was Noel's Ark in 1982, a children's play, but his first publication of genre interest was "Krash-Bangg Joe and the Pineal-Zen Equation" for Interzone in 1987. His career took off after a succession of short series appeared in this and other publications, and he has won the BSFA twice for his short fiction.