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It is 1936, and BEN FINDLAY, a 16-year-old Michigan farm boy, wanders to a local airport to escape his abusive father. Ben meets BRICE, a crusty flight instructor and veteran pilot with the U. S. Army Air Corps in the 1914-1918 a€œGreat War, a€ who teaches Ben to fly in a bi-wing, open-cockpit Stearman trainer. Ben quickly masters advanced maneuvers, including aerial combat tactics, and is recruited to fly for Spaina€™s Republican Air Force in that countrya€™s bloody civil war. Ben slips away from home before his eighteenth birthday, and after additional combat training, sails for Barcelona, Spain. Thus begins an adventure filled odyssey that sweeps Ben from Spain to England and into the early days of World War 2 as a Spitfire pilot with Britaina€™s Royal Air Force. Following Americaa€™s entry into the war Ben transfers to the U. S. Army Air Force and opts to fly Boeing B-17 bombers to carry the war directly to Germany. Escape to the Sky ends with Bena€™s thirtieth and final bombing raid over Regensburg, Germany.Silverman ignored him as he handed them Polikarpov I-16 pilota#39;s manuals. a€œThe English translation is a ... during those crossings, usually clambering down to the engine room to marvel at the huge piston arms driving the shipa#39;s propeller shaft.

Author: Donald E. Fink
Publisher:Xlibris Corporation - 2012-10-12

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