Captain Eric Winkle Brown RN

 One of the world's greatest pilots

   His Great Achievements Summarised
  • Born in Edinburgh 21 January 1919
  • Studied German at Edinburgh University 1939,
  • Trained to fly with Edinburgh University Air Squadron
  • Flew with the Royal Navy from 1939,
  • Highly decorated war service -DSC, AFC,
  • World record for aircraft carrier landings - 2407,
  • World record for number of different aircraft types flown - 487,
  • Test flew many Luftwaffe aircraft from 1942
  • Interrogated leading Nazis in 1945
  • Distinguished career as a Chief Naval Test Pilot,
  • Honorary doctorate from Edinburgh University - 2008.
  • Interviewed by Kirsty Young for the 3000th edition of Desert Island Discs - 2014
  • He died February 2016, aged 97.
Winkle as C.O. at RNAS Lossiemouth
The Winkle statue at Edinburgh Airport

Watch the video on Winkle's life

Watch the video of the statue unveiling

The Winkle Memorial Appeal

Funds continue to be raised to commemorate this truly great man in two distinct ways.
The first task was to commemorate his great life and achievements by erecting a bronze statue of him at the east entrance to Edinburgh Airport terminal building where it is now located and will be seen by an estimated ten million passengers per year.
Secondly funds are now being provided for WINKLE FLYING SCHOLARSHIPS  enabling some of todays youngsters, including those from disadvanataged backgrounds, to experience the life-enhancing benefits of flying at the controls of light aircraft. The target for this part of the project is build up a fund of £50,000.  The estimated cost to achieve solo flying standard is £3,000.
​Help to inspire today's youth, by remembering yesterday's hero.
Please support our project and click on the button below to donate and complete the Gift Aid declaration.

The group of happy looking youngsters below were a team of fifteen from the High Life Highland youth leadership programme who, funded by the Winkle Memorial Fund, all experienced first time flying at Inverness airport on the 22nd Feb 2019. They were "so,so happy" reported their supervisor so do help to get some more up and flying. 

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                                Thank you so much for your support.

Edinburgh University Air Squadron Association, Winkle Brown Memorial Fund, Scottish Charity SC047248

Overseas donors and others who may not be eligible for Gift Aid, or who would prefer to make a direct credit should send it to a/c no 15925966, sort code 80-22-60, a/c name Edinburgh UAS Association Winkle Brown Memorial Fund

and notify the Treasurer with their name & address by email to, so your donation can be accredited.

Alternatively donors who would prefer to send a cheque should mail it to The Treasurer, Edinburgh UASA, 38 Liberton Brae, Edinburgh EH16 6 AF.  Cheques should be made payable to 'Winkle Brown Memorial Fund'. ​