Dog Fight: Aerial Tactics of the Aces of the First World War
'For enthusiasts of WWI aviation, this book is a true gem.' Flying Scale Models The history of aviation during the First World War is a rich and varied story marked by the evolution of aircraft from slow-moving, fragile, and unreliable powered kites, into quick, agile, sturdy fighter craft. At the same time there emerged a new kind of 'soldier', the pioneer fighter pilot whose individual cunning and bravery became crucial in the fight for control of the air. Dog Fight traces this rapid technological development alongside the strategy and planning of commanders and front-line airmen as they adapted to the rapidly changing events around them and learned to get the best from their machines. Often, this involved discovering and employing tactics instinctively to stay alive. Drawing on contemporary memoirs as well as the author's personal correspondence with surviving First World War fighter pilots and aces, this is an authoritative and captivating history that serves as an important tribute to the brave pilots of both sides.
NORMAN FRANKS is an historian and writer who specialises in aviation books on the pilots and squadrons of the First and Second World Wars. He has authored over 120 books including Under the Guns of the Red Baron and Scramble to Victory, and is one of the founding members of the Cross and Cockade society for aviation historians.