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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent with a capital E!, 18 Nov. 2007
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This review is from: A Brief History of the Royal Flying Corps in World War One (Brief Histories) (Paperback)
This covers the same ground as Nigel Steel and Peter Hart's Tumult in the Clouds. In fact as both books are superb introductions to the RFC I couldn't recommend one over the other, so buy them both (although Tumult in the Clouds appears to be out of print) - either way you won't be disappointed. It's rare that a subject finds itself covered by two outstandingly well researched books.

It's easy for modern day readers to overlook WW1 aviation, seduced as we are by Spitfires and Tomcats, but the aerial combat was as nasty, fast and vicious as any ever fought - arguably more so given the lack of training and parachutes. Both books explain exactly why the RFC was THE outstanding air arm of the war - unlike the French or the Germans who tended to spread their forces in a vain attempt to cover the whole front line, the RFC concentrated their aircraft over crucial battle zones and thus, despite appalling losses, almost never lost local air superiority over a battlefield. The Red Baron may have grabbed all the headlines but it was the RFC who consistently won the day.
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