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The Canvas Falcons: The Men & the Planes of World War I Stephen Longstreet

The Canvas Falcons: The Men & the Planes of World War I

Stephen Longstreet

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ISBN : 9780850524437
Hardcover
376 pages
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Based on documents written by the great aces and interviews with survivors, this story of the air war in Europe re-creates a world where men too young to have known much of life discovered new ways of killing & dying. Here are the true stories ofMoreBased on documents written by the great aces and interviews with survivors, this story of the air war in Europe re-creates a world where men too young to have known much of life discovered new ways of killing & dying. Here are the true stories of the famous flyers on both sides of the conflict: Manfred von Richthofen--The Red Baron--who shot down 80 enemy planes- Max Immelmann, who extended the combat capabilities of the aircraft with his innovative aerial maneuvers- one-eyed British ace Mick Mannock who brought down 73 German planes- & Americas own Eddie Rickenbacker, whose 26 kills came in little more than a year of actual combat. Examining the technological aspects of combat aviation, the development & use of weapons such as the zeppelin & the machine gun, and the incredible teamwork of famous fighter squadrons, Longstreet captures both the romance & the horror of combat above the Western Front.