Radio 4 - iPM - Interview With Captain Eric Winkle Brown


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Not trying to diss E WB in any way as he was a pioneer/ hero. In RN Aviation. But try this Quote. EWB was tasked to do DLPs on a carrier flying the swept wing variant of a hawker Seahawk P1052. He remarked that the average RN pilot would not be able to land a swept wing aircraft , on carriers. This held back RN aviation for some years
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You have to admit that the early swept-wing aircraft powered with straight-pipe turbojets with slow spool-up were downright dangerous. The US Navy had a very high accident rate in the 50s, but I basically agree with your premise, because once the US Navy developed the NATOPS program, better training and improved technology the accident rate fell rapidly. The Royal Navy had a very experienced cadre of pilots to draw from that overcame the very limitations that Captain Brown said would make it impossible for them to succeed. Good pilots are not born they are trained...

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