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wotan111
04-06-2004, 03:35 PM
I havent read this yet but wil be buying it. From all acounts this book will go down as a classic.

First Light
by Geoffrey Wellum

Check it out at amazon. Gives you a run down.

wotan111
04-06-2004, 03:35 PM
I havent read this yet but wil be buying it. From all acounts this book will go down as a classic.

First Light
by Geoffrey Wellum

Check it out at amazon. Gives you a run down.

choxaway
04-06-2004, 05:58 PM
Read it some while back - you'll love it. His story from novice to Ace is well written and some of his descriptions really make you feel you were there with him.
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Dunkelgrun
04-06-2004, 09:23 PM
Excellent book. You won't be disappointed.
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Alexi_Alx_Anova
04-07-2004, 01:27 AM
Of all the books I've read so far (not that many compared to some) this is the best at describing just what is going on in the cockpit. It is written in 1st person and is often stream of conciousness. For example, he talks about putting his prop pitch to fine, lower the flaps, that's it, that's it, keep the nose up, drop the revs I'm going too fast, etc. It's all very familiar as an FB flyer. What is also very interesting is his description of training. I constantly find it amazing comparing that generation to ours now. Only ten months after leaving school, this kid what not only solo flying a fighter plane, but dicing it in the skies in fight for the death struggles. Our 18 year olds today think they are king if they can fly full real in FB! You've got to take your hat off to those pilots.

First Light should be compulsory reading for every FB fan.

Alexi

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alwheeler888
04-07-2004, 01:53 AM
Couldn't agree more strongly - read it a while back and am thinking about doing so again. Wonderfully well written - impossible to put down.

One of last years best sellers also comes highly recommended (although I expect you have all read it) 'Under and English Heaven' by Robert Radcliffe. Meticolously researched and an enchanting story to boot.

blairgowrie
04-07-2004, 06:53 AM
Yes, First Light is a great read. I just finshed it a couple of days ago and am now re-reading The Big Show by Pierre Closterman, the Free French Ace who flew for the RAF and had over 30 kills in Spits and Tempests. I first read the Big Show as a schoolboy back in the nineteen fifties when it first came out.

Very similar styles of writing. I always wished I could have been a fighter pilot in WW2 but after reading these books, I am not so sure. After flying FB, you can get the appreciation of how quickly you can be blown out of the sky. I can just imagine that these pilots were just waiting for the chop, as they called it.

In First Light it was interesting to see that they all referred to the Me 109s as "snappers". I don't think I have ever seen that term used before.

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