A bid has been launched to commemorate Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown, often regarded as Britain’s greatest aviator, near his boyhood home town of Edinburgh. The tribute to Winkle, who died last year aged 97, will involve:
- A bronze statue of Winkle outside the main pedestrian entrance Edinburgh Airport, formerly RAF Turnhouse, where he learned to fly.
- Providing some of today’s adventurous youngsters, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, with the life changing opportunity of learning to fly through Winkle Flying Scholarships.
Former pilots of Edinburgh University Air Squadron are behind the move to raise £75,000 for the memorial. Hamish Macleod, Chairman of Edinburgh University Air Squadron Association said: “Winkle was not only a man who loved to fly, but he also inspired a generation of pilots with his modest good humour, and outstanding courage. A statue of him outside Edinburgh Airport will give the estimated 3-4 million passengers walking past each year the opportunity to reflect on this Scottish hero who can inspire us all. Winkle’s legacy can also bring a life changing experience to today’s youngsters by assisting them to learn to fly.”
The life-sized memorial is being designed by the renowned Scottish sculptor David Annand. David Mundell the Scottish Secretary has described this project as being ‘of national significance’ and it has the support of Gordon Dewar, the Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport.
Anyyone interested in contributing can find out more information (including watching a video about Winkle and some of the aircraft he flew) at the Eric Winkle Brown page of the Edinburgh University Air Squadron website. Visit: http://www.edinburghuas.com/winkle-memorial
Donations with Gift Aid support can be made via Virgin Money Giving by clicking on the red button on the webpage.