Flying Machines Press, Mountain View, 1st ed., 1995. Xii + 546 pp., numerous cold., + b&w photo-ills., + ills. D.j., 31 x 23cm. FINE. The story of the Imperial Russian Air Service is told for the first time, primarily through the lives of its distinguished aviators. An overview of the major branches of the air service is followed by biographies of the Russian aces and the French aces who flew in Russia. Additional biographies of distinguished fliers who contributed significantly to Russia's war in the air, are provided, including the remarkable stories of the first black man to shoot down an airplane in air to air combat and the world's first women combat pilots. To provide a fuller perspective of Russia's first air war, the key aircraft designers and manufacturers and their aircraft are profiled. An extensive colour section provides the most comprehensive, accurate look at Russian aircraft colours yet presented, plus colour renderings of uniforms and photographs of the medals won by the airmen. Detailed appendices cover lighter-than-air aviation, Russian awards, victory lists of the pilots, aircraft flown by the aces, and 3-view drawings of over 40 of the aircraft types the aviators flew into combat. The narrative is enhanced by over 600 rare photographs, many published here for the first time.