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  • Wings on My Sleeve

  • The World's Greatest Test Pilot Tells His Story
  • By: Eric 'Winkle' Brown
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181

The autobiography of one of the greatest pilots in history. In 1939 Eric Brown was on a University of Edinburgh exchange course in Germany, and the first he knew of the war was when the Gestapo came to arrest him. They released him, not realising he was a pilot in the RAF volunteer reserve - and the rest is history. Eric Brown joined the Fleet Air Arm and went on to be the greatest test pilot in history, flying more different aircraft types than anyone else.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great read!

  • By Jay Grady on 02-07-16

The story of one of histories most remarkable men.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-18

Eric Brown is quite simply one of the most remarkable men in history, if Hollywood made his life into a film those who didn't know his story would think it a little far fetched.

Starting out flying rag and tube biplanes and finishing up on Mach 2 interceptors, plus just about every incremental change in between. Numerous aviation firsts and world records unlikely to be broken, this is the story of a truly great man who lived a full life and made a real difference.

  • Engineers of Victory

  • The Problem Solvers Who Turned the Tide in the Second World War
  • By: Paul Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 16 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Paul Kennedy, award-winning author of The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers and one of today’s most renowned historians, now provides a new and unique look at how World War II was won. Engineers of Victory is a fascinating nuts-and-bolts account of the strategic factors that led to Allied victory. Kennedy reveals how the leaders’ grand strategy was carried out by the ordinary soldiers, scientists, engineers, and businessmen responsible for realizing their commanders’ visions of success.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not much for the engineer

  • By PhilChurch on 09-07-18

Not much for the engineer

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-18

Not a great deal about engineers or any real details of how engineering issues were overcome.
This is well written book giving broad brushed commentary on challenges that were overcome; unfortunately the title suggested to me something rather different. Change the title and it's a good book but if you are looking for something specifically about engineers, engineering, etc, I would suggest looking elsewhere.

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