Terror of the Autumn Skies: The True Story of Frank Luke, America's Rogue Ace of World War I
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Terror of the Autumn Skies: The True Story of Frank Luke, America's Rogue Ace of World War I

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Frank Luke, Jr. was an unlikely pilot. In the Great War, when fliers were still “knights of the air,” Luke was an ungallant loner—a kid from Arizona who collected tarantulas, shot buzzards, and boxed miners. But during two torrid weeks in September 1918, he was the deadliest man on the Western Front. In only ten missions, he destroyed fourteen heavily-defended German ballo...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 27th 2011 by Skyhorse Publishing (first published July 1st 2008)
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There was an age when heroism meant something, something more than appearing on a reality TV show, a time when a person had to do something heroic to be a hero. American air ace Frank Luke was a true American hero and "Terror of the Autumn Skies" tells his story.

In the early days of aviation the planes were fragile sturctures made of cloth, glue and wire, with unreliable engines, where it was a full time job for the pilot just to keep the craft in the air. There were few gauges in the open cock...more
The first aviators in combat have always fascinated me. Something about the daring and in many cases chivalry of this opening chapter captures the imagine. I see a parallel to the knights of legend. In reality it was a harrowing and bloody business.

Frank Luke, Jr. was not only a hero but a symbol of this daring and deadly endeavor. Luke's personality made him unique in many regards and his independence and risk taking approach led him to become Ace of Ace's before leading him to his demise.

What a well put together book. The author uses first source material to lay out the life and few days of glory of Frank Luke. He debunks a few of the myths but does it gently, you have no doubt that the author really likes Luke, which makes the book more believable. For those of you who don't know who Frank Luke was he was for 10 days the worlds premier air ace averaging close to two kills a day. His specialty was balloon busting, more dangerous than going head to head with another plane. At his...more
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Jul 30, 2011 Blaine Pardoe rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
The ultimate biography of WWI ace Frank Luke Jr.
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