Kings of the Air, French Aces and Airmen of the Great War



French fighter pilots of WWI are not well-known, even in French language publications, relative to British and German pilots. In English language publications they are notably missing, There is no obvious reason for this. They fought with the same bravery, were at least as much innovators in a new form of warfare, and they flew French designed and constructed machines that were equal to British and German machines. The Rhone rotary engine was widely used by aircraft manufacturers outside France who were attempting to produce nimble and reliable war-winning combat aircraft. The author has done a fine job of addressing this strange deficiency with a book that reviews the contribution of French Aces during WWI, This is a vivid account of the leading French Aces and is a very valuable addition to the information on the first aerial war in history. Excellent.


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