Dancing in the Sky is the first complete telling of the First World War fighter pilottraining initiative established by the British in response to the terrible losses occurring in the skies over Europe in 1916. This program, up and running in under six months despite enormous obstacles, launched Canada into the age of flight ahead of the United States. The results enabled the Allies to regain control of the skies and eventually win the war, but at a terrible price. Flying was in its infancy and pilot training primitive. This is the story of the talented and courageous men and women who made the training program a success, complete with the romance, tragedy, humour, and pathos that accompany an account of such heroic proportions. A valuable addition to Canadaas military history, this book will appeal to all who enjoy an exceptional adventure story embedded in Canadaas past.They had no choice but to make do with sparse and inadequate training materials, including a total lack of manuals. ... The Canadian Militia provided machine guns, ammunition, and army instructors, while the University of Toronto supplied a firing range. ... One Flying Officer (Observer), 5 Flying Officers, 10 E.O.a#39; s [Equipment Officers], 116 other ranks, and Cooper [Aerial Gunnery] arrived yesterday.
|Title||:||Dancing in the Sky|
|Publisher||:||Dundurn - 2009-02-02|