by John A. Adams
College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2020 . Pp. vi, 130.
Illus., maps, tables, append., notes, biblo index. $29.95. ISBN: 1623498457
Aggie Aviators in the Great War
Adams, author of a number of works on the military service of A&M alumni, including Texas Aggies Go To War, had written this short treatment of Aggies in aviation during the Great War.
Over There in the Air is of interest on several levels. Obviously it tells the story of the 250 young Aggies men who took part in the air war, whether alumni or undergraduates, including a few who joined Allied air forces even before the U.S. became a combatant, some of whom never returned.
But Adams also gives us some looks at American life and society in the early twentieth century, and the nation’s road to war. And then there’s his coverage of the rise of military aviation, which makes the book as much an introduction to that subject as it is one about Aggies at war. Adams gives us a look at flight training, types of aircraft, organization, and, of course, service in combat.
Over There in the Air is a good read for anyone interested in the early years of military aviation.
Note: Over There in the Air is also available in several e-editions.
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