The breathtaking story of the first men to fight in the air -- the magnificent combat pilots of World War I. The average lifespan of a fighter pilot on the western front in World War I was three weeks. His average age was nineteen. If a man lived past twenty he was a tough, hardened veteran -- a successful, ruthless killer.
Their planes were tinder boxes, they fought without parachutes or safety belts. They accorded full honors of war to fallen enemies, in ancient and honorable tradition. But for all the romance, chivalry and hectic gaiety of their brief glory, they fought without mercy. It is their story which lies behind Hiroshima, the London Blitz and the age of missiles. They opened the doors to space.
Now their matchless courage, their superb gallantry, their incredible fortitude shine on the pages of world-famed war correspondent Quentin Reynolds' great book.
This paperback is in good condition with page and cover tanning, a few tears along the spine, and a slightly brittle binding.