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Ation for pilots and their gunners is by hand signals They are reliant on the skill of their fellow crew their wit and above all else braveryIn hos. James Bigglesworth aged seventeen joined the army in 1916 and got posted to the as yet unnamed Royal Flying Corps He was a Second Lieutenant and after nine hours of solo flying he was sent to the Front in France The biplanes were extremely new to war and had been used first for observation then machine guns and bomb racks were fitted Triplanes known as tripehounds were also in use on the German side The planes such as Sopwith Pups were made of spruce wood and piano wire and did not have the luxury of fuel gauges or parachutes This book was not the first written of the series but Capt Johns is undoubtedly recalling his own youth and days in the fighter suadrons He wrote it in 1935 and must have been amazed by how fast the aviation world had taken off and become sophisticated Reading the book we get reminded that the trenches stretched from the French or Belgian coast to the borders of Switzerland Artillery were often shelling a position they could not see so planes were sent up to spot for them and the basic but effective signalling in use is described We also see that cavalry was still in use and the unpleasantness of trench warfare is experienced a few times during crash landings when the young officer is happy to escape back to his own lines The people and stress of those early days of aerial combat are extremely well realised so that a young reader will be thrilled and a mature reader left gasping at the bravery involved I had read many of the series but not this book and was delighted to get a chance to read it as reissued for the centenary of the Great War I d hoped that Johns might have mentioned something of Biggles family or home but this is not the caseTo my mind the WW1 books are the best written of the series Biggles starred in many books but later became a one dimensional figure as Johns wrote what his publishers told him that boys wanted to read You may also be interested in Biggles the Authorised Biography by John Pearson which treats the character as though he was a real person

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Biggles Learns to Fly

Tile enemy skies where instinct and fast reactions are everything Biggles must learn to be a real fighter pilot or diebut does he have what it take. As an avid buff of all things aviation since being a young boy I can t for the life of me work out why I ve just read a Biggles book for the first time Amazing I would have loved it 30 years ago and I loved it now Full of excitement I have bought a boxed set of numerous Biggles books so can t wait to continue with reading the next instalment

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SPECIAL MISSIONIt's the First World War and Biggles is just 17 The planes are primitive; combat tactics are non existent; the only form of communic. I m not completely sure but I think this is the one with the fatal love story I read it when I was about 8 and I had never read a fatal love story before It made a lasting impression on meSo Biggles who s in his late teens is a dashing WW I fighter pilot in France and one day he makes a forced landing at this little French farm My mag stopped he explains to the beautiful mademoiselle who comes out to see what the biplane s doing in their orchard Your bag she asks not uite understanding what he s talking about But apparently it s just the phrase to win a gorgeous French chick s heart because he s invited back On the third or fourth visit he kisses her I think my bag stopped she sighs Awwww Biggles is in lurve He s never been so happy in his lifeThen tragedy He discovers that oh no the lovely mademoiselle is really a German spy She only wanted top secret information about his Sopwith Camel which I suppose was the Stealth Bomber of its time Biggles turns up for a rendezvous and she s already escaping in a car together with her shady accompliceFoolish girl How could a car ever outrun an airplane Biggles pursues his heart full of rage and grief The shady accomplice pushes the gas pedal all the way down And on a sharp bend they come off the road He and the treacherous French chick are both instantly killedI saw the films much later but in my memory this scene is inextricably linked to the beginning of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the end of On Her Majesty s Secret Service All the time in the world if you remember They re both by Ian Fleming Maybe he also read it I never thought of that before


10 thoughts on “Biggles Learns to Fly

  1. says:

    I'm not completely sure but I think this is the one with the fatal love story I read it when I was about 8 and I had never

  2. says:

    does a happy little suealDoes anyone have this same problemyou find a WW1 or WW2 book not Christian that looks interesting and hope hope hope that it isn't full of language? Then you go home and the first severa

  3. says:

    Johns was one of those British men of a certain era with a biography that sounds that it can’t possibly be true featuring heroics

  4. says:

    James Bigglesworth aged seventeen joined the army in 1916 and got posted to the as yet unnamed Royal Flying Corps

  5. says:

    While Biggles is a classic of its time I'm not sure it would fly with today's youthThe most obvious issue would be the 'Hun' and other derogatory terms for our current German allies However the 'Wilko Old Man' lingo also seems a far

  6. says:

    Even though this could be categorised as a 'ripping yarn' for boys I think it is actually worthy to be viewed as a document of history because the author flew planes in the First World War and drew on his own experiences He doesn't shy from telling it like it was and although his character Biggles doesn't go in for lengthy and deep reflection there are the odd remarks about the futility and horror of war

  7. says:

    Biggles got off to a shaky start but I was relieved to find that not only did he learn to fly but he also avoided getting killed which is probably just as wellThe book still reads well after a forty or so year g

  8. says:

    As an avid buff of all things aviation since being a young boy I can't for the life of me work out why I've just read a Biggles book for the first time Amazing I would have loved it 30 years ago and I loved it now Full of excitement

  9. says:

    Decided on a change of pace and thought this was probably a good choice for a first Biggles book given the whole 'learns to fly' thing Very much a product of the Boy's Own get the hun mentality and doesn't need a lot of intellectual engagement

  10. says:

    I love Biggles Learns to Fly