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‘Winkle’ Brown, Record-Setting Pilot, Dies

‘Winkle’ Brown, Record-Setting Pilot, Dies

Eric “Winkle” Brown, a British pilot who flew more kinds of aircraft than anyone in history and was the first person to land a jet on an aircraft carrier, has died. He was 97.

Brown’s family said he died Sunday at a hospital in southern England after a short illness.

Often dubbed Britain’s greatest pilot, Brown holds the world record for the most types of aircraft flown – 487 – and for the most carrier deck landings, at 2,407.

For the complete story by Jill Lawless of The Associated Press, click here.

Updated: March 1, 2016 — 10:08 AM

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