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By Jon E Lewis; Julian Jenkins

This paintings provides the 20th-century's air battles within the phrases of these who fought them. starting with the jousts over the Western entrance in 1914 as much as the livid jet-driven sorties over Bosnia in 1999, those bills supply an event of strive against dogfights within the shell-blasted skies of warfare. it really is a few kind of wrestle that has replaced past reputation. It supplies info of the dauntingly excessive mortality premiums between airmen, and insights into many different aspects of a pilot's lifestyles from education to bailing out over enemy territory, what it used to be prefer to be interned and an account of being shot down in a blazing spitfire

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After much climbing, the Caudron reached a height of four thousand feet; below me small puffs of cloud drifted slowly astern. I felt rather reckless in thus flying above them, they gave such an impression of altitude; but I was beginning to know the look of the country from the air. I could distinguish between a railway and a river, between forests and factory chimneys.

The wind dropped; the sun set and the sky glowed with rare beauty. But we pupils walked back to the Mess in glum silence. vi Upon the following morning all officers were summoned to the squadron office. We expected the summons, although I do not quite know what we expected to hear. I suppose that, amongst other things, we thought to be given news of the pilot in hospital, but possibly to be complimented upon the vain efforts we had made to penetrate the barrier of fire, and upon the sang-froid we had shown afterwards.

After much climbing, the Caudron reached a height of four thousand feet; below me small puffs of cloud drifted slowly astern. I felt rather reckless in thus flying above them, they gave such an impression of altitude; but I was beginning to know the look of the country from the air. I could distinguish between a railway and a river, between forests and factory chimneys.

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