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Secrets of the Sea Mosquito

Last week, The People’s Mosquito shared a video of their patron, the irreplaceable Capt. Eric “Winkle” Brown, discussing his role in testing the de Havilland Mosquito for carrier operations.

Captain Eric Melrose "Winkle" Brown, CBE, DSC, AFC, Hon FRAeS, RN, in front a Blackburn Buccaneer around 1960. (wikipedia) Captain Eric Melrose “Winkle” Brown, CBE, DSC, AFC, Hon FRAeS, RN, in front a Blackburn Buccaneer around 1960. (wikipedia)

Yes, you read that right: While the largest carrier-borne aircraft in service anywhere was the 10,545 lb Grumman Avenger (a big bird by any standard), the British were working out how to get on and off a boat in their 20,000 lb Wooden Wonder!

As the pilot who has officially flown more aircraft types than anyone ever (an amazing 487), Brown should need no introduction. But just in case, you can get to know him here.

In the clip, he starts by reiterating his view that the Mosquito is one of the three great British aircraft…

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