Flying for the Air Service: The Hughes Brothers in World War I
by David K. Vaughan
University of Wisconsin Press, 1998
Cloth: 978-0-87972-761-1 | Paper: 978-0-87972-762-8
Library of Congress Classification D606.V38 1998
Dewey Decimal Classification 940.44973

ABOUT THIS BOOK
ABOUT THIS BOOK
Flying for the Air Service provides a realistic picture of the typical flying experiences of the pilots who flew for the fledgling American Air Service during World War I. The narrative describes two brothers from Boston, George and Gerard Hughes, as they progress from apprentice pilots to flight instructors and combat pilots. After completing their pilot training program together, both were assigned as instructors. Then George was sent to France with the 12th Aero Squadrom, where he flew two-place observation aircraft over the front lines. Gerard, meanwhile, remained in America, instructing students in Texas. Eventually Gerard joined his brother's squadron in France as the war ended. Through the detailed letters and narrative comments of these two pilots, we can see clearly the hazards and challenges that were faced by those who flew in the early years of American aviation.
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