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On a Wing and a Prayer The Untold Story of the Pioneering Aviation Heroes of WW1, in Their Own Words

Levine, Joshua

Verlag: Collins, London, 2008
ISBN 10: 0007269455 / ISBN 13: 9780007269457
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Titel: On a Wing and a Prayer The Untold Story of ...

Verlag: Collins, London

Erscheinungsdatum: 2008

Einband: Hardcover

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Good to very good in dust jacket -clean copy -no markings ; B&W Illustrations& Maps; 9.29 X 6.30 X 1.57 inches; 384 pages. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 43403

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First-hand accounts of bravery and adventure from the individuals who embraced the exciting ? and dangerous ? new world of flying at the start of the First World War.

Few are aware of the risks that the pioneering airmen of the First World War took. On a Wing and a Prayer is a narrative history that conveys the perils of those early days, the thrills of learning to fly, and the horrors of war in the air at a time when pilots carried little defensive armament and no parachutes. The men who joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1914 were the original heroes of flying, treading into unknown territory, and paving the way for later aerial combat. They became icons for the soldiers in the trenches, and a stark contrast to the hundreds on the ground fighting faceless hundreds as men fought aircraft to aircraft and man to man ? for the first time the air became a battlefield of its own.

In 1914 aircraft were a questionable technology, used for only basic reconnaissance. But by 1918, hastened by the terrible war, aircraft were understood to be the future of modern warfare.

The war changed flying forever. The Wright brothers' achievements of a mere 10 years earlier and Blériot's crossing of the Channel just a few years before the war seemed a distant memory as aircraft became killing machines ? the war becoming the ancestor of the fearsome air wars of later years.

The stories are presented to the reader in a frank and open way, revealing the feelings of the men who defended the trenches from above and witnessed the war from a completely different perspective. The adventures of these men are almost totally unknown, and this book will tell their story, in their own words, for the first time. The tale of men who rewrote the rules of military engagement and changed the course of modern history as a result.


?A vivid, moving story of the men who fought the Great War in the Air. Quite superb.?

?Those magnificent men in their flying machines recount in their own words just how mad and magnificent it was to be an air-ace in World War One. Joshua Levine's compilation is enthralling and breathtaking?.
Chris Powling, Classic FM Guestlist

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