By W E Johns
Adventures with outstanding flying machines!
It's the 1st global warfare and Biggles is simply 17. The planes are primitive; wrestle strategies are non-existent; the one type of verbal exchange for pilots and their gunners is via hand indications. they're reliant at the ability in their fellow group, their wit and, specially else, bravery.
In adverse enemy skies, the place intuition and speedy reactions are every thing, Biggles needs to learn how to be a true fighter pilot, or die…but does he have what it takes?
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He noticed, too, for the first time, that there were three stars on his sleeves, which indicated the rank of captain. ' breathed the man whom Captain Mapleton had named Marriot. ' he said again. And Biggles could feel a sudden tension in the air. ' said Mapleton. 'Let's go and meet them. ' Together they hurried towards the now taxi-ing machines. The events of the next few minutes were to live in Biggles' mind for ever. His whole system, brought face to face with the grim realities of war, received a shock which sent his nerves leaping like a piece of taut elastic that has been severed with scissors.
An aeroplane was heading towards the aerodrome, a type which he did not recognize. But, unwilling to betray his ignorance before possible spectators in the mess, he paid no further attention to it and continued on his course. He then noted with some surprise that Toddy was behaving in a very odd manner. The Recording Officer began by flinging open the door of the squadron office and racing towards the mess. When he had reached about half-way, however, he appeared to change his mind, and, turning like a hare, took a flying leap into a sort of hole.
Only his hands were small and white, and might have been those of a girl. His youthfulness was apparent. He might have reached the eighteen years shown on his papers, but his birth certificate, had he produced it at the recruiting office, would have revealed that he would not attain that age for another eleven months. Like many others who had left school to plunge straight into the war, he had conveniently 'lost' his birth certificate when applying for enlistment, nearly three months previously.
Biggles Learns to Fly by W E Johns