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  • Paperback
  • 320
  • Biggles Learns to Fly
  • W.E. Johns
  • en
  • 07 September 2017
  • 9781849419703

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 several pages are full of

  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 odd incid

  4. says:

    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 biplan

  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

  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

  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 gap since I last read it Drama and excitement tick Horrors of war tick The occasional lyrical description of flying likewise tick

  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 I have bou

  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 muc

  10. says:

    I love Biggles Learns to Fly

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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. 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 but enjoyable

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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. 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 odd incidents narrow escapes and prolific writing than one would expect from any twelve reasonably adventurous people He was a fighter pilot in WWI where he had a number of exciting incidents including accidentally shooting off his own propeller culminating in being shot down and taken prisoner He then became an RAF recruiting officer and rejected T E Lawrence for giving a false name Mostly after this he wrote 160 books including 100 about ace pilot Biggles I cribbed this from his Wikipedia article which is well worth reading These books were hugely popular in the UK for while and are probably still easier to find there They were also reasonably popular in India when I was there I virtually never see them in the US and had I known this I would have obtained some before leaving India They weren t huge favorites of mine but I did enjoy them and they are excellent for researching early aviation and fighting tactics such as they were Johns notes that WWI pilots were not formally taught to fight but had to learn on the job Casualty rates were high Biggles Learns to Fly is a solid if episodic adventure story the interest is in the very realistic details It takes new pilots time to learn to spot enemy aircraft while flying even when a experienced gunner is screaming that they re on top of him because they re not used to scanning in three dimensions It fascinated me to read the details of such early primitive aircraft and aerial warfare Pilots communicated with hand signals and Biggles was sent on his first combat mission after something like ten hours of solo flying Here s an excerpt from the very last page after yet another heroic action Major Mullen shot a glance at Biggles noting his white face and trembling hands He had seen the signs He had seen them too often not to recognize them The pitcher can go too often to the well and as he knew from grim experience the best of nerves cannot indefinitely stand the strain of air combat The Major sends him off for a week s rest This is what we would now call combat stress acute stress in civilians which may or may not be a precursor to PTSD It becomes PTSD if it doesn t go away I found it interesting because of how matter of fact and sympathetic Johns is depicting it as something that happens to everyone and doesn t reflect badly on Biggles Some other writing from WWI sees it as a sign of cowardice or mentalmoral deficiency Possibly he would not have been so sympathetic if Biggles wasn t back in reasonably good shape after his rest Or possibly the RAF had a different attitude Then again the book was written in 1935 Benefit of hindsight That s also a good example of the tone in general emotions are noted but not dwelled upon We only get enough of anyone s interior life to make their actions make sense

review Biggles Learns to Fly

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. 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 cry from common parlance now I daresay it s a little amusing to my young earsHowever what certainly isn t uaint is the attention to detail in this book I would argue that it is so rich and precise it might elevate the story to something easier for adults to follow and appreciate Considering that the old wartime fascination has largely passed from recent generations I am not entirely sure any boys or girls of the intended age bracket would gravitate towards a title like this nowPersonally I enjoyed its evocative sense of history and Biggles naive beginnings I didn t enjoy its dense strategic prose I would recommend this book to those interested in WW1 aircraft of all ages


About the Author: W.E. Johns

Invariably known as Captain WE Johns William Earl Johns was born in Bengeo Hertfordshire England He was the son of Richard Eastman Johns a tailor and Elizabeth Johns née Earl the daughter of a master butcher He had a younger brother Russell Ernest Johns who was born on 24 October 1895 He went to Hertford Grammar School where he was no great scholar but he did develop into a crack sh