Dying to Fly

Dying to Fly : The Human Cost of Military Flying, East Midlands

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Danger and excitement; courage and selflessness and gripping stories of life and death in the air: Lady Luck took these heady ingredients and mixed them into the lethal cocktail that is military flying in peace and war. From First World War biplanes to twenty-first-century fast jets, mid-air collisions and many other crashes, hundreds of airmen from all corners of the world left their mark - quite literally - on the landscape and collective memory of the east of England. This book ensures these airmen cease simply to be names carved on a cold memorial stone or entries in some dusty, long-forgotten documents. They come vividly alive again, with backgrounds and personalities and patriotic or duty reasons for being where they are when tragedy struck.

Dying To Fly brings their courage and human-interest stories into the light of day, remembers them with respect and pays tribute to their passing.
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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 172 x 246 x 16mm | 580.6g
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0752453025
  • 9780752453026
  • 2,293,407

About Alastair Goodrum

ALASTAIR GOODRUM has had a passion for aviation ever since attending the Farnborough Air Show in 1954 as a young boy. He held a commission in the RAFVR from 1968 to 1975 and presents illustrated public talks on aviation history in the east of England. He has previously written Balloons, Bleriots and Barnstomers: 200 Years of Flying for Fun for The History Press.
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