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The Millionaires' Unit: The Aristocratic Flyboys Who Fought the Great War and Invented America's Air Power
 
 
Author
Marc Wortman.
Publisher Pan  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 5.15 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9780330440172
Pages/Publication Date 313/2006
Daedalus Item Code 32901
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In 1916—just 13 years after the Wright brothers' first flight at Kitty Hawk—a group of 28 college students, nearly all of them from Yale, formed a campus flying club. They had more than fun in mind, believing that the country would soon enter the war raging in Europe, and as the privileged sons of America's political and industrial aristocracy, they intended to lead the charge into modern warfare.

"This entirely readable history of the First Yale Air Unit describes a flying club of well-off undergraduates whose money helped buy flying lessons and planes, enabling them to transform themselves into a group of trained military pilots who actually served with distinction in World War I in both the navy and the air service. First, however, they had to survive their instructors (including Frenchmen), their training planes, and the weather in the U.S. and then Europe, all before getting within sight of the Germans. Among those who didn't return was Kenneth MacLeish, brother of the poet Archibald; among those who survived was Robert Lovett, eventually President Truman's secretary of defense."—Booklist

 
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