Flying for the Air Service provides a realistic picture of the typical flying experiences of the pilots who flew for the fledgling American Air Service during World War I. The narrative describes two brothers from Boston, George and Gerard Hughes, as they progress from apprentice pilots to flight instructors and combat pilots. After completing their pilot training program together, both were assigned as instructors. Then George was sent to France with the 12th Aero Squadrom, where he flew two-place observation aircraft over the front lines. Gerard, meanwhile, remained in America, instructing students in Texas. Eventually Gerard joined his brother's squadron in France as the war ended. Through the detailed letters and narrative comments of these two pilots, we can see clearly the hazards and challenges that were faced by those who flew in the early years of American aviation.
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David K. Vaughan is a pilot and an educator. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1962 through 1982, where he flew a variety of cargo and training aircraft. After earning a Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington, he served in the English Departments of the Air Force Academy and the University of Maine. Currently he is an assistant dean at the Air Force Institute of Technology in Dayton, Ohio. He has written four other flight-related books, including a study of the writings of Anne Morrow Lindbergh and an autobiographical account of his experiences as a cargo pilot flying in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam conflict.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
From Introduction: In addition to providing insight into the typical experiences of American Air Service pilots at home and abroad in World War I, the written accounts of the two Hughes brothers explain the details of the flying activities of Air Service pilots at home and abroad.
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Book Description Popular Press 1, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0879727616
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