64 Followers
30 Following
KOMET

KOMET

Currently reading

Gabriela, Cravo e Canela
Jorge Amado
Progress: 157/358 pages
Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph (The Authorized Doubleday/Doran Edition)
T.E. Lawrence
Progress: 189/672 pages
The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve
G. Edward Griffin
Progress: 41/608 pages
Peter the Great
Robert K. Massie
Progress: 472/934 pages
Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader: North Korea and the Kim Dynasty
Bradley K. Martin
A Time for Trumpets: The Untold Story of the Battle of the Bulge
Charles B. MacDonald
Progress: 191/712 pages
The German Army 1933-1945
Matthew Cooper
Progress: 198/598 pages
Corporal Hitler and the Great War 1914-1918: The List Regiment
John F Williams
Progress: 22/238 pages
Flying for the Air Service: The Hughes Brothers in World War I - David Kirk Vaughan As someone who has a deep-set fascination with early aviation/First World War aviation, I loved this book. It's focused on 2 brothers, who were among the U.S. Army's first aviators. Both were trained at Mineola Field on Long Island and won their wings in the summer of 1917. Then both brothers were sent to the Midwest as flight instructors to train other pilots. At that time, the U.S. was scrambling desperately to build an air force that could be comparable to their European counterparts.

George Hughes (the oldest brother) was posted to France before the end of 1917 and later served in combat over the Western Front with an observation squadron. Subsequently, George was promoted to Captain and given command of his own squadron.

Gerard, the youngest brother, spent most of 1918 in Texas as a flight instructor. Eventually, he got to France but arrived there too late to see action. Both he and his brother later returned to the U.S. together in 1919. Subsequently, they were discharged from the Army and went into business together for many years.

Both brothers, as officers, had the opportunity to rub elbows with some of the senior officers and famous aviators (e.g. Billy Mitchell, the commander of the Air Service; Eddie Rickenbacker, the top U.S. ace of the war; and Quentin Roosevelt, Teddy Roosevelt's youngest son who became a fighter pilot in France) in the U.S. Army Air Service.

Gerard (who lived to be 101, passing away in 1996; he and the author worked very closely in the creation of this book) also provides some very eye-opening and fascinating commentary about the nature of aviation and a pilot's life & training during that era.