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The War in the Air; Vol. 1 The Part played in the Great War by the Royal Air Force Kindle Edition

3.8 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 607 KB
  • Print Length: 392 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083Z6O04
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
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A marvellous melange of Men Machines and Motors Mr Raleigh didn't aim to miss a thing he covered every possible detail of any possible significance in the rocky road to powered flight. It is starkly obvious that this book was his chosen oddysey of the beginnings of The Age of Flight - he personally knew many of the early pioneers clearly for him it was a heartbreaking hell of a ride .
This book starts on the ... groundbreaking events which occurred years before the Wright Brothers had flown their Wright Flyer airplane at Kitty Hawk he describes the character of the people involved and why they really achieved what they did. Many became airplane manufacturers because they had to determination to go through the practise of a plodding hard knock regime composed of periods of rigidly conducted intensively observed interludes of trial and error.

It was a revelation to discover that Mr A.V. Roe had more than his fair share of opposition because of his coming from Manchester he was forcibly evicted from Brooklands and virtually blackballed by the geofascist anti English London Establishment that is until he produced his first masterpiece the famous AVRO 504. If you enjoy reading about flight don't miss this incredible book.
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A really informative book, of considerable interest to readers interested in aviation and WW1. Free too! I hope Volume 2 will come out soon.
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At times as dry as dust but leaving this aside this book provides an insight into the history of the development of flight and pays homage to many names most of whom would remain buried and unsung despite their great and sometimes fatal efforts in the development of the aeroplane. It is unfortunate that the Great War brought much faster progress in this development and in the formation of the Royal flying Corps and RAF than would have occurred had it not happened.
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This is a more or less complete history of early aviation. It takes a long while to get on to WW1, but is quite thorough. Some of the WW1 stories were later used by WE johns in his early Biggles series, and the fact rather than the fiction is illuminating. Shame many of the WW1 real life events not included, so other sources need to be sought out. Very little on R Smith-Barry, or the aces.
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A fascinating account of the early development of aircraft and the concepts of war in the air. The authors high seat at the table of these events gives an interesting insight as to how the Great War was conducted by those in charge and their views at the time. Views probably not shared by those nearer the sharp end of the events concerned.
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I originally had this for my husband to read as he was in the Air Force. He was delighted with the content.
I have read snippets from this book which I enjoyed. I learnt a lot of history from the bits I reaad. It is my aim to read all of it in the near future. A very interesting history lesson I look forward to.
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While this is a very in depth history of the early years of air warfare I found it heavy going and short of personal experiences. To me it's more of a reference book than a fascinating read. Well written and full of historical fact, but not what I was looking for.
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The book actually provides an interesting view into the British psyche but it will be hard going if you're not interested in air power. Such an old book also offers some thought provoking ideas of how the future of flight would develop at the time.
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