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First World Flight Audiobook

First World Flight

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In 1924, three years before Lindbergh flew to Paris, four young army airmen answered the call of General Billy Mitchell to save US aviation from destruction by the politicians by winning the race with a dozen other nations to make the first flight around the world. In primitive open-cockpit biplanes powered by unreliable engines and few airfields, they were given little chance of success or even survival. This is the untold epic story of American patriotism, valor, and can-do ingenuity which triumphed over adversity and led to aviation dominance for the balance of the century - and the forgotten heroes that made it happen. Over 15 years of research, including the first access ever to the private Donald Douglas collection of Aviation memorabilia including worldwide newspaper accounts, diaries and logs of the aviators, have gone into the writing of this remarkable story.

©2002, 2011 Spencer Lane (P)2017 Spencer Lane

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    Christopher Milwaukee, WI, United States 10-12-17
    Christopher Milwaukee, WI, United States 10-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I true story, but over embellished"

    The story is good, but the author over embellishes the story with wrong or misleading info.
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    He makes reference to T. Roosevelt being imperialistic in 1898, he wasn't president until 1901.
    He states that, Billy Mitchell while flying recon of San Miguel he flew over Douglas MacArthur and Geo. Patton and saluted them, figuratively maybe, literally not. Patton was wounded and Mac was way to busy to care.
    He states the Mitchell met with Adm. Yamamoto in 1924. Yamamoto was not an Adm in 1924.
    He states the Japanese were in China in 1924, they didn't invade until 1931.

    The store is a good one, but one wonders what else he got wrong. He should have run this past some historians.

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