A bronze statue of the late Capt Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown was unveiled by HRH Prince Andrew at Edinburgh Airport on July 2.
Former pilots of Edinburgh University Air Squadron are behind a bid to raise funds of £100,000 to commemorate the legendary test pilot who was brought up in the Scottish Borders, schooled at Edinburgh’s Royal High School, studied German at Edinburgh University and trained to fly at what was then RAF Turnhouse in the late 1930s.
With the financial support of many former squadron members, private individuals and corporate donors, together with invaluable assistance from Edinburgh Airport Limited, the first phase of the project (to install the statue on the Plaza to the east entrance at Edinburgh Airport) has now been completed. The life-size statue depicts Capt Brown as a young pilot in 1930’s flying gear striding towards his aircraft. The airport management estimate it will be seen by upward of 10 million passengers per year. An honour guard was provided by student pilots from the East of Scotland University Air Squadron and a contingent of Naval Cadets.
The second phase, which is on-going, is to raise funds for the Winkle Brown Flying Scholarships. These will enable some of today’s young people, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to experience the life-enhancing benefits of flying in light aircraft. http://www.edinburghuas.com/winkle-memorial