New York, 1st ed., 1991. Xii + 275 pp, photo + other plates. D.j., 23 x 16cm. Tiny repairs to top of d.j., binding revealed in one section (visible between two pages) where leaves have unstuck from the spine but no pages are loose) o/w V.G. For the first time here is the complete story of the air battles of the Great War, from eastern to western front, from the skies and seas of Europe to those of the Middle East and Africa. Based on official records, scholarly works, diaries, correspondence, memoirs and oral history transcripts, this history traces the airplane's pre-war debut and development and its appeal to all those who raced to develop their own designs, strategies and tactics. The author traces the evolution of the plane into a weapon of destruction, the training and skill of the daring young pilots who flew in the war, and finally he reinterprets the impact of air warfare in the Great War and its effect on the nature of battle itself.