Always fearless, sometimes impetuous, Captain Eric Brown, better known as Winkle, was an early jet and rocket fighter pioneer. Unusual in being a naval pilot, his experience in immediate post-war Germany and at the Royal Aircraft Establishment has passed into legend. His biographer Paul Beaver will separate reality from the myth and legend, shining a new light on Winkle’s exploits.
Festival talks by Paul Beaver
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the RAF, we are bringing together a number of experts and veterans to talk about and discuss the evolution of British airpower. With veteran pilots of WWII, the Cold War and the Falklands, as well as a focus on that unsung hero of WWII, the Hawker Typhoon, analysis on the RAF in the Second World War, and a Spitfire engine start-up, this will be a very special and exclusive morning. With veterans Colin Bell, Bernard Gardner, Chris Colville and historians Paul Beaver, James Holland, Seb Cox, Steve Prince, and restorer and pilot, Sam Worthington-Leese.
9.30-10.30 Piston & Jet Pilots
Paul Beaver with Colin Bell (Mosquito) and Chris Colville (Tornado)
10.30-11.00 Spitfire Start-Up & Coffee
11.00-12.00 Hawker Typhoon
Sam Worthington-Leese and Bernard Gardner
12.15-1.15 The RAF in World War II: Strategy for Victory
James Holland with Seb Cox and Steve Prince