Kitty Hawk was the birth of aviation, and World War One can be called its violent adolescence. The Americans of the Lafayette Escadrille flew in France in French planes and wore French uniforms, but their exploits marked the first time American pilots flew together as a unit in aerial warfare.
“[First to Fly] centers on a cast of characters as wild as any in fiction . . . [Flood’s] portrayal of the fliers and the crazy life-and-death world they lived in is priceless. Top-notch military history.