The inside story of an RAF Test Pilot


Mike Brooke’s successful RAF career had taken him from Cold War Canberra pilot to flying instructor at the Central Flying School in 1970s.

His next step was the demanding training regime at the UK’s Empire Test Pilots’ School. His goal: to become a fully qualified experimental test pilot.
Trials and Errors follows Mike’s personal journey during five years of experimental test flying, during which he flew a wide variety of aircraft for research and development trials. He later returned to ETPS to teach pilots from all over the world to become test pilots.
MIKE BROOKE joined the RAF in 1962. After serving on the low-level strike/attack squadron, Brooke became a flying instructor and experimental test pilot. Further test flying tours followed, but in 1984, after twenty-two years in flying appointments, he was sent to the RAF Advanced Staff College. He was promoted to Wing Commander and took command of flying at RAF Farnborough, leaving the RAF in 1994. Brooke then became a test-flying consultant, finally retiring in 2004. Brooke has flown around 7,300 hours on 140 types of aircraft of all classes except seaplanes. In 1984, he was awarded the Air Force Cross by HM Queen Elizabeth and is a Fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. This is a sequel to his successful debut book A Bucket of Sunshine and its follow-up Follow Me Through.

Trials and Errors: Experimental UK Test Flying in the 1970s, by Mike Brooke
Published February 2015, £14.99 Paperback Original ISBN: 978-0-7509-6160-8

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