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First to Fly

The Story of the Lafayette Escadrille, the American Heroes Who Flew for France in World War I

by Charles Bracelen Flood Author · Tom Perkins Narrator

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If the Wright brothers' 1903 flights in Kitty Hawk marked the birth of aviation, World War I can be called its violent adolescence-a brief but bloody era that completely changed the way planes were designed, fabricated, and flown. The war forged an industry that would redefine transportation and warfare for future generations. In First to Fly, historian Charles Bracelen Flood tells the story of the men who were at the forefront of that revolution: the daredevil Americans of the Lafayette Escadrille. As citizens of a neutral nation from 1914 to early 1917, Americans were prohibited from serving in a foreign army, but many brave young souls soon made their way into European battle zones as ambulance drivers, nurses, and more dangerously, as soldiers in the French Foreign Legion. It was partly from the ranks of the latter group that the Lafayette Escadrille was formed in 1916 as the first and only all-American squadron in the French Air Service. Flying rudimentary planes, against one-in-three odds of being killed, these fearless young men gathered reconnaissance and shot down enemy aircraft, participated in the Battle of Verdun, and faced off with the Red Baron. Drawing on rarely seen primary sources, Flood chronicles the startling success of that intrepid band and gives a compelling look at the rise of aviation and a new era of warfare.

Publication Details

Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Imprint:
Tantor Audio
Edition:
Unabridged
Publication Date:
2015

Format

  • OverDrive MP3 Audiobook 160 MB
  • OverDrive Listen 159.9 MB

Charles Bracelen Flood (Author)

Charles Bracelen Flood (1929-2014) wrote fifteen books, including Grant and Sherman: The Friendship That Won the Civil War and Rise, and Fight Again: Perilous Times Along the Road to Independence, winner of an American Revolution Round Table Award.

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First to Fly
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