Captain Eric Melrose " Winkle " Brown, C.B.E., D.S.C., A.F.C., Hon. F.R.A.e.S., R.N. ( January 21st, 1919 - February 21st, 2016 ) was born in Leith, near Edinburgh ( Scotland ).
He was a British Royal Navy officer and test pilot who flew 487 types of aircraft, more than anyone else in History. He was also the most - decorated pilot in the history of the Royal Navy.
Eric Brown holds the world record for the most aircraft carrier deck take - offs and landings performed ( 2.407 and 2.271 respectively ) and achieved several " firsts " in naval aviation, including the first landings on an aircraft carrier of a twin - engined aircraft, an aircraft with a tricycle undercarriage, a jet - propelled aircraft, and a rotary - wing aircraft. He also flew almost every category of Royal Navy and R.A.F. aircraft : glider, fighter, bomber, airliner, amphibian, flying boat and helicopter.
During the Second World War, he also flew many types of captured German, Italian, and Japanese aircraft, including new jet and rocket aircraft. He was a pioneer of jet technology into the postwar era.
Eric Brown wrote several books about his experiences, including ones describing the flight characteristics of the various aircraft he flew and an autobiography, Wings on My Sleeve, first published in 1961 and considerably up - dated in later editions. He was also the author of dozens of articles in aviation magazines and journals ( such as the best - known series Viewed from the Cockpit ).
( source : Wikipedia )