‘Just picked up this interview from my colleagues on our forum. It concerns Captain ‘Winkle’ Brown (RN Rtd), a now retired test pilot from the second war years. By any measure he is an exceptional person, as a pilot he was, and probably remains unsurpassed in his trade both for types flown and his testing and evaluation skills.
If you would like to listen to a radio interview that has him discussing his experiences you could use the link below. Just ignore the BBC presenters banter that opens the interview and wait for gems and gold-drops from the man himself.
As the book project moves ahead and the research effort starts to ramp up, we have decided to create a sepete place for our reflection on Arthur’s life and times with the RFC. We have established a blog (a Brazil address – don’t ask) to focus our efforts and provide a space for anyone who would like to contribute their thoughts and who knows, the fruits of their knowledge or research.
If you are interested in the early years of aerial conflict and this compelling story, please visit and browse ‘awhile.
‘Research’ for me is a word that evokes stuffiness, bookish tendencies and frankly, a dry as dust well where the spirits sink. At least that was the case until I started doing a little digging myself, it seems quite different now as the mud and metal of Flanders and Arras edge closer.
Left: Unknown, Centre: Capt PCO Riddell (Recording Officer), Right: Capt AW Keen