This book is another fine collection of images, many of which have not appeared in publications before. The text supports the images but this is not a simple photo essay. The author has provided well-researched text that provides an essential narrative and adds greatly to the impact of the images. The primary purpose of the book is to provide a comprehensive recognition of those pioneer military aviators who achieved the status of ‘Ace’, being a pilot with five or more ‘kills’ to his credit. It is possible that not every Ace has been included because there are alleged to have been a number of pilots during this period who may have achieved the requisite number of ‘kills’ but died in battle and to have never received due credit. However, that is no reflection on the author because he has reported officially recognized aces and provided also some good images of the aircraft being used at the time.
This book captures the essence the early years of aerial combat in WWI and will be greatly appreciated by enthusiasts, scholars, and those developing an interest in aerial combat.