Biggles Learns to Fly

By: snowgood

Sep 09 2021

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Category: aircraft, books, War

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I’m enjoying my reading this year.

It is so easy to read the same genres again and again, but I’m trying to spread my wings and read a variety of material this year.

The local library doesn’t feature Captain W.E. Johns but this fictional pilot has a surname similar to mine, and I decided to buy this “blast from the past” online.

It’s one of 102 titles in the series, and many of them were written just down the road in Lingfield.

The author gently introduces World War 1 to the target audience (young lads starting out in Secondary School).

I like the way that words alien to the typical reader have an asterisk, and explanatory text on each page (rather than in a separate glossary).

Johns has a simplistic way of showing how the Royal Flying Corps, engaged with the German war machine, but nevertheless the book works and entertains despite having been written 85 years ago.

I don’t know that much about flying in the 1914-18 war, but I’d take some of the missions recorded here with a pinch of salt.

Most of the dogfights, and conversations in the book tell of Allied air superiority, but in truth we spent much of the war playing second fiddle to “The Huns”.

I thought this may be something our grandson would enjoy, but on balance they probably aren’t appropriate.

One comment on “Biggles Learns to Fly”

  1. I used to love reading these books when I was in my early teens.

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