Rather than relying upon the imaginary creations of Marvel Comics, those who commission Hollywood scripts would do well to leaf through the pages of this inspiring book. Within, they will discover the stories of any number of real super-heroes.
Spanning as it does almost a hundred years, Heroes of the Skies is a testament to remarkable acts of airborne courage across the complete history of British military aviation. The `Dambusters' are here, as is Bomber Command and the `few' from the Battle of Britain. And the stories of famous heroes like Douglas Bader sit alongside those of the less well-known, but equally courageous. There are even some whose identity, for reasons of security, have been kept secret.
The accounts range in age from the shooting down by an early biplane of a Zeppelin over Walthamstow to a daring rescue attempt under fire by Apache helicopter in Afghanistan. Each story is very different from the next, but all are fascinating.
Written in a wonderfully racy style, Heroes of the Skies is a marvellous volume to dip into at leisure. It is not, though, for the feint of heart. The reader is confronted with danger at every page and one is left marvelling at the skill, endeavour and extraordinary bravery of those whose stories it recounts. This is one terrific read.