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Echoes of Eagles: A Son's Search for His Father and the Legacy of America's First Fighter Pilots

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The intrepid fighter pilots of World War I live again in this thrilling true account of the men who risked their lives for our country and who became America's first heroes of the skies.

Published to coincide with the one-hundredth anniversary of the Wright Brothers' historic first flight and the birth of aviation, Echoes of Eagles is a rousing chronicle of American air combat during the first world war.

In 1917, Charles H. Woolley, the author's father, enlisted in and trained as a pilot with the newly created U.S. Air Service. He and his fellow pilots of the 94th, 95th, and 49th Aero Squadrons flew at 20,000 feet in open-cockpit French biplanes, with no oxygen, no parachutes, and no radios. Death was their constant companion. This extraordinary book takes readers into the cockpits of these fragile fighter aircraft and into the souls of the men who fought for their country in a new environment-the air. The grit of muddy airfields is balanced by the women and champagne of Paris.

From tales of dog-fighting with German aces to strafing enemy trenches, Echoes of Eagles describes the risks and the dangers of flight, feats of incredible heroism and acts of stunning cowardice, and the camaraderie among men dedicated to a common goal. Based on diaries and letters and never-before-published interviews with the heroes themselves, and featuring amazing photographs, this unforgettable account of America's first fighter pilots is also a son's stirring tribute to his father.

Synopsis:

Published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' historic first flight and the birth of aviation, "Echoes of Eagles" is a rousing chronicle of American air combat during the first world war.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [289]-294) and index.

About the Author

Charles Woolley (left) served in Air Force Intelligence during the Korean War. He was an editor of the Cross and Cockade Journal of World War I Aero Historians, is the current curator of the Vermont Veterans and Militia Museum, and serves on the committee of management of the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection at Brown University. A member of the Company of Military Historians, he lives in Rochester, Vermont. Bill Crawford is a Harvard-educated author and frequent contributor to The Austin Chronicle and Texas Monthly, among other publications. He is the creator of The Dad Show, a talk radio program, and has appeared as a commentator on Fox News Channel, MSNBC, and C-SPAN.

Table of Contents

Contents

Chapter 1. In the Beginning 1

Chapter 2. Some Family History 10

Chapter 3. Uniforms Without Rank 22

Chapter 4. Fledglings Gather 34

Chapter 5. Honing Their Skills 54

Chapter 6. First to the Front 69

Chapter 7. Guns, Champagne, and Spies 83

Chapter 8. Losses, Victories, and a Mule 94

Chapter 9. Tempered in Battle 113

Chapter 10. Newcomers in Their Midst 125

Chapter 11. A Death in the Family 140

Chapter 12. From Joy to Despair 155

Chapter 13. Flight Commander 170

Chapter 14. All-American Offensive 186

Chapter 15. The Final Push 203

Chapter 16. The Meuse-Argonne with the Wolf Pack 220

Chapter 17. Costly Victory 233

Chapter 18. Post-War Progress 244

Chapter 19. Boom, Bust, and Back to the Air 257

Chapter 20. Full Circle 266

Descriptions and Diagrams of Aerial Maneuvers 275

Glossary of Terms 281

Sources and Suggestions for Further Reading 289

Index 295

Acknowledgments 308

About the Authors 309

Product Details

ISBN:
9780525947578
Subtitle:
A Son, a Father and America's First Fighter Pilots
With:
Crawford, Bill
Author:
Woolley, Charles
Author:
Crawford, Bill
Publisher:
Dutton Adult
Location:
New York, N.Y., U.S.A.
Subject:
Military - Aviation
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
Military
Subject:
Fighter pilots
Subject:
Military - World War I
Subject:
World War, 1914-1918
Subject:
General History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
v. 6
Publication Date:
20031110
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
307
Dimensions:
9.31x6.29x1.10 in. 1.29 lbs.
Age Level:
22 years, Height: 5 feet 11 inches, Forehead: low,

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"Synopsis" by , Published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' historic first flight and the birth of aviation, "Echoes of Eagles" is a rousing chronicle of American air combat during the first world war.
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