Fighting the Flying Circus

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One of the best accounts of air combat in World War I, by the American “ace of aces.” Eddie Rickenbacker had an extraordinary career: inventor, race car driver, fighter ace, Medal of Honor winner, and finally president of Eastern Air Lines. In this book he recounts how he achieved 26 confirmed kills in less than a year of combat on the Western Front, rising from the ranks to lead the famed “Hat-in-the-Ring” squadron. Early pilots had to contend with primitive engines, unreliable guns, no parachutes, no oxygen, ...
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One of the best accounts of air combat in World War I, by the American “ace of aces.” Eddie Rickenbacker had an extraordinary career: inventor, race car driver, fighter ace, Medal of Honor winner, and finally president of Eastern Air Lines. In this book he recounts how he achieved 26 confirmed kills in less than a year of combat on the Western Front, rising from the ranks to lead the famed “Hat-in-the-Ring” squadron. Early pilots had to contend with primitive engines, unreliable guns, no parachutes, no oxygen, and wings that could tear off in a dive. Just surviving was a daily challenge, and Rickenbacker saw many friends and comrades die through no fault of their own. In this book he unflinchingly explains all of the errors that he made in combat, and how he learned to become a better dogfighter. He also gives the reader a glimpse of the tremendous psychological pressure that came from being America's leading ace – every previous holder had been shot down – and from his own leadership style of leading from the front.

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Table of Contents:
Foreword
Glossary
I. Introducing “Archy”
II. The Aerodrome
III. Our First Sorties
IV. Downing My First Hun
V. Jimmy Meissner Strips His Wings
VI. Jimmy Hall’s Last Fight
VII. New Responsibilities
VIII. A Victory and a Narrow Escape
IX. Down in Flames
X. Lufbery is Killed
XI. Squadron Festivities
XII. Jimmy Meissner Again
XIII. America’s First Ace
XIV. Rumpler Number 16
XV. Campbell’s Last Fight
XVI. Becoming an Ace
XVII. A Perplexing Bank of Fog
XVIII. Strafing the Drachen
XIX. The Château-Thierry Salient
XX. The Death of Quentin Roosevelt
XXI. The Flying Circus Scores Heavily
XXII. Our Spads Arrive
XXIII. Back Close to Verdun
XXIV. The St. Mihiel Drive
XXV. American Ace of Aces
XXVI. Captain of the Hat-in-the-Ring Squadron
XXVII. An Eventful “D” Day
XXVIII. Frank Luke Strafes His Last Balloon
XXIX. A Night-Mission
XXX. A Day’s Work – Six Victories
XXXI. “Seeing the War”
XXXII. A Regular Dog-Fight
XXXIII. An Aeroplane Movie Show
XXXIV. An Over-Zealous Ally
XXXV. The End Draws Near
XXXVI. Last Victory of the Great War
Official Victories of the 94th Aero Squadron
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809479559
  • Publisher: Time-Life, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/1990
  • Series: Wings of War Ser.
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 371

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2012

    Unfortunate formatting

    This is a fantastic book, but unfortunately the formatting in this edition makes it very hard to read. I sprang f the 3.99 version and it's much better.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    Fighting the Flying Circus

    Story was excellent and well written. Very informative. There were a lot of typos, but did not hamper getting through this exciting story of Eddie Rickenbacker, who was a Medal of Honor recipient.

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