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Royal Navy's Most Decorated Pilot Celebrates His 90th Birthday

The Senior Pilot of 702 Sqn Lt Cdr Alastair Haigh presents Captain Eric "Winkle" Brown with a framed picture depicting various fixed and Rotary aircraft used in the RN Fleet Ar Arm.
Pictured in front of a Lynx Mark 8 helicopter is Captain Eric "Winkle" Brown. The Senior Pilot of 702 Sqn Lt Cdr Alastair Haigh (immediate right) Lt Rob Marston (Left end of picture) and Lt Cdr Nigel Cunningham (Far Right end) present Captain Eric "Winkle" Brown a framed picture depicting various fixed and Rotary aircraft used in the RN Fleet Ar Arm.
Pictured in the cockpit of a Lynx Mark 8 helicopter is Captain Eric "Winkle" Brown

Today (Wednesday, 21st January) the Royal Navy’s most decorated pilot Captain Eric “Winkle” Brown, the first man ever to land a jet aircraft on a ship at sea, celebrates his 90th Birthday.

He enjoyed an illustrious 31 year career in the Royal Navy which saw him serve as a fighter pilot in the Battle of Britain and later as one of the world’s greatest test pilots. He holds many world records including the most types of aircraft flown, a staggering 487, and the most ever carrier deck landings at 2407 as well as being the first man to land a twin engined aircraft on an aircraft carrier. He was also the first British pilot to fly a helicopter.
 
Captain Brown holds the distinction of having been awarded successively the MBE, OBE and CBE, together with the Distinguished Service Cross and Air Force Cross.  He is the author of some 26 published books.
 
To mark the event Captain Brown was visited by a Royal Navy Lynx helicopter from 702 Naval Air Squadron based at RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset. Captain Brown was able to look around and sit at the controls of the helicopter, a modern variant of one which he once flew. The aircraft crew commanded by Lt Cdr Al Haigh also presented Captain Brown with a commemorative plaque and a birthday card from the Fleet Air Arm.