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Biggles Learns to Fly Paperback – 16 Jul 1992
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One annoying feature of the present edition is a number of usually completely unnecessary footnotes. Quite often, the footnoted name or term is actually explained in the text itself, a line or two after the footnote! Bad editing by some casual meddler who was unwisely involved in the preparation of this circa 1992 paperback.
Anyway, if you love Biggles, and many do, including me, you'll want to read of these exploits that
take place just before he joined the famous 266 squadron and met Algy Lacey. Quite a bit of air-war excitement, and some of it authentic too.
The early relationships he has with Mark Way, his first observer, and with his first Flight Commander are particularly poignant. The tragedy of what happens to these key figures underlines the fact that W.E.Johns was not a man who relished war or who made it seem glamorous. It is, from the start, a pretty dreadful business.
His early career in a two seater is then complemented by learning about his transfer to 266 and the command of Major Mullen. The world of 'Biggles of the Camel Squadron' and 'Biggles of 266' gains an extra dimension from these early experiences which make the flying hero so much more vulnerable and yet also more attractive.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
more good yarns I doubt if there is another 17 words I could use to describe the drama and old world fun of the RFCPublished on 30 Aug. 2013 by Parker
Bought this for my grandson as I remember reading Biggles when I was a child and enjoyed it very muchPublished on 29 April 2013 by MRS E THOMPSON
Missed these books when I was growing up so I decided to see what the fuss was about. I know they're for children but I did find the unrelentingly prim and stuffy tone wearying... Read morePublished on 28 April 2013 by Mr Nicholas Merricks
Bought as a present for our 9 year old grandson, he enjoyed it very much & is ready for more books in the Biggles series.Published on 26 Dec. 2012 by Peskil