First to Fly - The Story of the Lafayette Escadrille, the American Heroes Who Flew for France in World War I-logo

First to Fly - The Story of the Lafayette Escadrille, the American Heroes Who Flew for France in World War I

Charles Bracelen Flood

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Genres:

History

Description:

If the Wright brothers' 1903 flights in Kitty Hawk marked the birth of aviation, World War I can be called its violent adolescence-a brief but bloody era that completely changed the way planes were designed, fabricated, and flown. The war forged an industry that would redefine transportation and warfare for future generations. In First to Fly, historian Charles Bracelen Flood tells the story of the men who were at the forefront of that revolution: the daredevil Americans of the Lafayette Escadrille. As citizens of a neutral nation from 1914 to early 1917, Americans were prohibited from serving in a foreign army, but many brave young souls soon made their way into European battle zones as ambulance drivers, nurses, and more dangerously, as soldiers in the French Foreign Legion. It was partly from the ranks of the latter group that the Lafayette Escadrille was formed in 1916 as the first and only all-American squadron in the French Air Service. Flying rudimentary planes, against one-in-three odds of being killed, these fearless young men gathered reconnaissance and shot down enemy aircraft, participated in the Battle of Verdun, and faced off with the Red Baron. Drawing on rarely seen primary sources, Flood chronicles the startling success of that intrepid band and gives a compelling look at the rise of aviation and a new era of warfare.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Tom Perkins

Length:

5h 50m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

05:46


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:37


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

11:18


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

11:25


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

14:44


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

17:08


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

11:23


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

13:30


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

28:34


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:33


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

14:18


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:18


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:18


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

11:07


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:17


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

20:33


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:20


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:42


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

09:06


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:12


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

18:21


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:05


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

23:01


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

28:30


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:33


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:49


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

27:04


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:50


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:31


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:52


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

00:58


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

00:36