View Full Version : Is there any Film of Eric Brown displaying the He162 at Farnoborough post war?

04-16-2011, 08:42 AM
I would have thought this film would exist - somewhere.

Does anyone know anything please?

04-16-2011, 09:05 AM
That would be extremely interesting... Apparently he like the aircraft.

04-16-2011, 11:14 AM
I had the pleasure of meeting Capt Eric Brown for dinner recently and he is a charming man. As it goes, he was not too impressed with the He162. It was fast and nimble, he claims, but a death trap for the inexperienced pilot. And as it goes, I have just commissioned Capt Eric on a book on his experiences with the supersonic M.52. That is before we gave the Americans all our data.


04-16-2011, 11:26 AM
What he wrote in his book suggests something different - he was quite pleased by it's handling-qualities http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

No jet of the era was for either newbies or the faint-hearted. Crash-rates were astronomic - so were funeral-rates.
The He 162 was thus not an exception, albeit being among the rather diffiult designs to fly...

04-16-2011, 11:53 AM
Just going by what he told me in person, fellah!


04-16-2011, 01:47 PM
Well 'fast and nimble but not for the inexperienced pilot' is what he says in the book too. No mystery there...
What a great privilege to be in touch with him. From what i've seen in the interviews, he seems like a likable, well mannered gentleman. Not arrogant at all.

04-17-2011, 02:19 PM
Just going by what he told me in person, fellah!

Just going by what he wrote me in person...

04-17-2011, 02:53 PM
You are both right, in a way.

He said the He162 was an excellent aircraft, but that its very light controls made it only suitable for experienced pilots.

04-18-2011, 03:35 AM
I would agree with the above. Landing the thing in Il-2 takes a relatively high amount of planning, and you have to stay one step ahead of the plane at all times. Otherwise you'll over/undershoot, come down too hard, or just make an ugly touchdown. It handles like a dream.

Is the reproduction project still progressing BTW?

04-19-2011, 10:16 PM
You might want to check with Zenos Warbird Video Drive-In.

http://www.zenoswarbirdvideos.com/ (Zeno's Warbird Video Drive-In )


Testing the Heinkel He 162 (http://naziscienceliveson.devhub.com/blog/576863-testing-the-heinkel-he-162/)

Captain Eric 'Winkle' Brown - test pilot legend (part 1) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlV968Jf7Xc)

Captain Eric 'Winkle' Brown - test pilot legend (Part2) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkicKdqxPSc)

04-21-2011, 01:38 AM
Just commissioned a book with Capt Eric on his experiences on the British supersonic Miles M.52.

More soon!


04-22-2011, 08:21 PM
Chuck Yeager also flew the He162 post-war. He commented about the ejection seat, but I don't remember the details. Did the He162 have the first ejection seat? I think it did, but it was because the Germans needed a way to get the pilots out of the engine area during egress.

04-22-2011, 09:19 PM
I'm pretty sure the first ejection seat was in the Heinkel 280. I've read that there were several ejections from Heinkel 219 night fighters during the war too.