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Kite
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posted 11-15-2014 02:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kite     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have just listened on BBC iPlayer to yesterday's Radio 4s 3,000th edition of Desert Island Discs in which the invited castaway was Captain Eric 'Winkle' Brown, the legendary Royal Navy aviator and test pilot. In between his chosen eight records he would take with him to his island was a delightful conversation about his remarkable life to his host Kirsty Young.

The reason I am posting this on our site is it might be of interest to members that at the end of the programme the guest is allowed to choose what book they would take with them to their island (apart from the Bible and the full works of William Shakespeare) and Eric selected 'The Moon Landings' by former BBC correspondent the late Reggie Turnill. The reason he explained was that there were two people in it he came to know well, Wernher von Braun, then Kirsty butted in enthusiasticly to say, "and Neil Armstrong."

Of Armstrong he said he had been friendly with for over thirty years and was one of the finest human beings he had ever met.

It was a wonderful episode and it is repeated tomorrow (Sunday) morning on BBC Radio 4 at 11:15 or you could catch it on the BBC iPlayer as I did.

Michael Davis
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posted 11-15-2014 02:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Michael Davis   Click Here to Email Michael Davis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
By coincidence, I just finished listening to this episode online. What a remarkable story. Eric Brown's life seems like that of a fictional character. And yes, it was great to hear from a friend of Neil Armstrong that his character was actually as strong as we all hoped it was.

Kite
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posted 11-16-2014 05:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kite     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My apologies, the programme is not repeated this morning, it is the next castaway, so you will only be able to listen to Eric Brown on BBC iPlayer or possibly online.

gliderpilotuk
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posted 11-16-2014 08:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would encourage UK members to sign the petition seeking to get Winkle a knighthood.

Its scandalous that someone who's won a bit of metal representing their country in a running/cycling race, kicked a pig's bladder around or kept their nose clean as a civil servant gets rewarded but the test pilot who flew 487 different types of aircraft (more than anyone else in history), holds the world record for most aircraft carrier landings performed (2,407) and is the Fleet Air Arm's most decorated living pilot has to wait into his twilight years to even be considered.

Blackarrow
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posted 11-16-2014 10:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Done!

Well said, Paul. I will pass this on.

crash
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posted 11-16-2014 12:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for crash   Click Here to Email crash     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Paul, Thanks for highlighting the petition. Signed and circulated. We didn't meet at Pontefract in October, but maybe in April?

Kite
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posted 11-16-2014 02:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kite     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Also signed. Obviously should have received one years ago.

Captain Apollo
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posted 11-17-2014 02:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Captain Apollo   Click Here to Email Captain Apollo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You can petition No 10 directly, more likely to be noticed

Buel
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posted 11-21-2014 03:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Buel   Click Here to Email Buel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is a 2013 22-minute Radio 4 clip that features an interview with Captain Eric 'Winkle' Brown (best if you can ignore the 'humorous' take on it from 'iPM's Eddie Mair).
He talks about his friendship with a certain Neil Armstrong...
I think you will enjoy it.

(If you don't have a Dropbox account, just choose the 'No thanks, just download the file →' option)

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