Air fighting began in WW I when single, fabric-covered airplanes scouted "the other side of the hill." Pilots and observers initially waved to each other, later duelled with rifles and revolvers. Soon the two-seaters carried machine guns and began to fly in pairs. Pairs grew into squadrons and team fighting was born with German circuses (so called because their planes sported paint jobs as radical as today's dragsters) against British wings.
Today the supersonic interceptor flies alone, as did the first scouts, and within half a century the story of air fighting has come full circle.
Air Vice-Marshall Johnson was the top-scoring Allied fighter pilot of WW II, and an exchange pilot with the USAF in Korea. His narrative chronicles the achievements of the great fighter pilots of both wars.