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Wind in the wires [Unknown Binding]

Duncan Grinnell-Milne
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  • Unknown Binding: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Mayflower (1966)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0000CN5QX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,808,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Book purchase 26 Oct 2011
By Anthony
Format:Paperback
Requested a second-hand copy of an out of print book, this book is fairly rare and not too well know. I received it as advertised and sensibly priced.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wind In the Wires a Must Read for Fans of Early Aviation 14 Jan 2001
By "drbug" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a classic memoir of WWI flying from the early days until the end of the war, with a short gap in between. It is on a par with, or as I believe, better than the classic _Sagittarius Rising_ by Cecil Lewis. The author has an eye for detail, and an excellent self-deprecating sense of humor. He survived some truly amazing experiences. This is my favorite WWI flying book, and I highly recommend it!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wind in the Wires 4 July 2002
By Robert C. Myers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Wind in the Wires paints a vivid picture of World War I aviation, especially in the war's early years. The author's account of flying the Maurice Farman "Shorthorn" and the BE 2 in 1915 is fascinating and more than a little frightening. Forced down and captured after his aircraft suffered engine failure, Grinnell-Milne returned to the front in 1918 as a member of 56 Squadron, flying the SE5a. His experiences with the famous squadron late in the war provide a fitting "bookend" to his wartime career. This ranks among the best aviation books I have ever read, and the quality of writing places it among my favorite books of any genre.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wind in the Wires 30 May 2005
By PALEFLIER - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Unknown Binding
When I first read this book as a thirteen year old, back in 1972, it inspired me to learn to fly. Co-incidentally, I actually still fly from Shoreham Airport, where the Author learnt to fly almost 100 years ago.

This book is charming, well written, and in places, humourous. It describes the early days of aerial combat, and the even more dangerous aspects of learning to fly.

A rivetting read, and easily ranks with Sagitarius Rising by Cecil Lewis, or Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine De Saint-Exupery.

For those interested in WWI aviation, then I also recommend Against the Odds by W. Alister-Williams. This is a biography of Gp Capt Lionel Rees VC.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome REAL flying story. 18 July 2003
By consumer Bob - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I was disappointed when this book was over. Amazing WWI aviation stories. Sometimes funny. It will never be like that again. Plenty of narrow escapes, aviation combat stories, german prisoner of war, and real back to basics flying in ancient machines.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding Memoir of a Pilot in the First World War 1 Nov 2012
By Thomas G. Matowitz Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
After a lifetime of avid reading about aviation history, this fine book remains one of my favorites. It is very well written, and readily evokes the thoughts, feelings, and experiences of one of the earliest military pilots. Grinnell- Milne's combat resume was most unusual. Starting out as an observation pilot in 1915, he was forced down by engine trouble.He then spent a very long interval as a POW before successfully escaping and returning to the Western Front in an SE -5a for the war's final months.The author was an excellent observer whose flying experiences gave him great material to work with. The result is a book worth keeping and rereading.
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