The Vivid Air

The Lafayette Escadrille

Title Details

Pages: 264

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in

Formats

Paperback

Pub Date: 08/01/2008

ISBN: 9-780-8203-3126-3

List Price: $29.95

The Vivid Air

The Lafayette Escadrille

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  • Description

The Vivid Air recreates the story of the famed Lafayette Escadrille, the American volunteer unit which fought with the French during World War I. A unique and elite squadron since its inception, the unit was destined for world renown even before it flew its first mission. Their role as the "vanguard of American volunteers" and the remarkably high caliber of the Lafayette Escadrille pilots easily set them apart and ignited the admiration of the world. The idealized glamour of aviation in the Great War, a direct consequence of the grim, heroless contest on the ground, highlighted combat flying and gave pilots a special place in the public imagination.

Yet when the war came to its tragic end, widespread appreciation for crusading idealism lay buried in the ruins, and with it the true story of the Lafayette Escadrille. Philip Flammer's clear, fully documented study is the first complete scholarly account of this singular volunteer fighting unit, based on extensive research in Europe and the United States.

About the Author/Editor

PHILIP M. FLAMMER is professor of history at Brigham Young University and a former officer in the United States Air Force.