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Yeovilton honour for world-beating aviator aged 95

Captain Eric 'Winkle' Brown with sculptor Jenna Gearing (left) and TV presenter Kirsty Young Credit: ITV News West Country

A bronze bust has been unveiled at the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton in Somerset in honour of 95 year-old Captain Eric 'Winkle' Brown, one of the world's greatest naval aviators.

Cpt Brown holds the record for flying the greatest number of different types of aircraft - 487. It's a record that's unlikely ever to be beaten, as today's test pilots average fewer than 100 flights.

His full title is Captain Eric Melrose Brown CBE, DSC, AFC,KCVSA, PhD Hon FRAeS, RN. He is one of the only pilots who - on top of all his campaign medals - has the Distinguished Service Cross as well as the Air Force Cross.

Crimewatch presenter Kirsty Young unveiled the bust. She met Cpt Brown when he was her guest for the 3,000th edition of Desert Island Discs in November 2014.

The bust is the second bronze bust to be housed in the Fleet Air Arm Museum, the first one of WWI veteran, the lateHenry Allingham RN.


Sea Vixen bursts a tyre on final landing

The world's last flying Sea Vixen was officially handed over to the Fly Navy Heritage Trust in Somerset today. The 1950s fightjet will be housed at RNAS Yeovilton. But as this video shows, there was added drama as the plane burst a tyre on its final landing.


Praise for the public after sex attacker is jailed

Matthew Farwell has been jailed for four and a half years for assaulting a woman in an underpass in Yeovil Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

A detective has praised the public for their actions after a sex assault in an underpass in Yeovil.

Matthew Farwell was jailed for four and a half years at Bristol Crown Court yesterday (2 September 2014) for attacking a woman in January - Her screams were heard by a patient at Yeovil District Hospital which led to a nurse calling the police.

The victim also managed to flag down a taxi driver who took her to the A&E department at the hospital.

A patient on the fifth floor of Yeovil District Hospital heard the victim's screams and called for help Credit: ITV West

The investigating officer also praised Farwell's colleagues at RNAS Yeovilton, who helped the investigation.

This was a terrifying ordeal for the victim who was violently attacked before being overpowered and sexually assaulted.

It’s no exaggeration to say she thought she was going to be killed and this assault has had a long-lasting impact on her, as well as those close to her.

I’d like to praise all the members of the public whose actions helped the victim at her time of need, including the patient and nurse at the hospital who raised the alarm and the taxi driver who drove her to hospital.

Their actions are among the few positives to come out of this distressing case.

I’d also like to praise Farwell’s colleagues from RNAS Yeovilton who did everything they could to assist our investigation. Some of them had been out with Farwell on the evening leading up to the assault and their evidence helped piece together what happened.

When he was interviewed, Farwell repeatedly denied sexually assaulting the victim but this was disproved by DNA evidence and the accounts of witnesses and he was left with no option but to plead guilty at court.

– Detective Constable Karen Holt, Avon & Somerset police

Aerobatics ahead of Yeovilton Air Day

Yeovilton Air Day is just four days away and the skies above the base have been busy ahead of the event.

30 thousand people are expected at the Royal Naval Air Station on Saturday. Military aerobatic teams from all over the world will be taking part.

Cdr Neil Thompson, Commander Air at RNAS Yeovilton, is organising the day, which will reflect the country's newest aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, with a celebration of carrier aviation, past and present.

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