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Fighting the Flying Circus

Gelesen von Brett W. Downey

(4,704 Sterne; 235 Bewertungen)

This is the WWI memoirs of Medal of Honor winner, Capt Eddie Rickenbacker. He fought in and eventually became commander of the 94th "Hat-in-the-Ring" Squadron, which ended the war with the highest number of air victories of any American squadron. The circus mentioned in the title refers to the German squadron commanded by the famous Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen. (Introduction by Brett W. Downey) (10 hr 6 min)

Chapters

01 - INTRODUCING ARCHY

15:14

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02 - THE AERODROME

17:21

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03 - OUR FIRST SORTIES

24:28

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04 - DOWNING MY FIRST HUN

12:25

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05 - JIMMY MEISSNER STRIPS HIS WINGS

17:12

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06 - JIMMY HALL'S LAST FIGHT

15:59

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07 - NEW RESPONSIBILITIES

13:38

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08 - A VICTORY AND A NARROW ESCAPE

15:08

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09 - DOWN IN FLAMES

15:32

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10 - LUFBERY IS KILLED

16:04

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11 - SQUADRON FESTIVITIES

17:33

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12 - JIMMY MEISSNER AGAIN

15:11

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13 - AMERICA'S FIRST ACE

15:05

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14 - RUMPLER NUMBER l6

16:40

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15 - CAMPBELL'S LAST FIGHT

17:10

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16 - BECOMING AN ACE

16:50

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17 - A PERPLEXING BANK OF FOG

14:27

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18 - STRAFING THE DRACHEN

17:05

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19 - THE CHATEAU-THIERRY SALIENT

17:17

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20 - THE DEATH OF QUENTIN ROOSEVELT

19:08

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21 - THE FLYING CIRCUS SCORES HEAVILY

14:51

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22 - OUR SPADS ARRIVE

17:18

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23 - BACK CLOSE TO VERDUN

16:34

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24 - THE ST. MIHIEL DRIVE

19:26

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25 - AMERICAN ACE OF ACES

17:24

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26 - CAPTAIN OF THE HAT-IN-THE-RING SQUADRON

16:32

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27 - AN EVENTFUL D DAY

17:56

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28 - FRANK LUKE STRAFES HIS LAST BALLOON

16:14

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29 - A NIGHT-MISSION

17:29

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30 - A DAY'S WORK SIX VICTORIES

18:06

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31 - SEEING THE WAR

18:00

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32 - A REGULAR DOG-FIGHT

18:31

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33 - AN AEROPLANE MOVIE SHOW

18:46

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34 - AN OVER-ZEALOUS ALLY

16:17

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35 - THE END DRAWS NEAR

17:08

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36 - LAST VICTORY OF THE GREAT WAR

16:34

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Bewertungen

amazing reader & captivating story

(5 Sterne)

first off, an amazing reader! loud peppy voice sounds like you are listening to a "newsreel" announcer from the 20s. i love the little bit at the end of the book where the reader says "also from the great state of ohio", very cute. this book will bring you to a realization of just how fast airplane design changed in the few years of the war. the constant death of war is present, but this writer dix uncle sam a favor in making death sound great & honorable instead of terrible. i appreciate the few occurrences where the pilots arranged to escort a prisoner back instead of shooting down helplessly injured planes. a must read book. fast pace, each chapter is its own story - so if you zone out during a chapter you dont have a "plot line" to miss. make sure you read a war story from the trenches to compare with this one - same war vastly different stories.

Amazing Story, Most Excellent Reader

(5 Sterne)

It is appalling how much history is not taught in school nor depicted on screen in documentaries with truth and honestly. This is an absolutely amazing story and should be shared with any boy or young man aspiring to be the best he came be. Brett W. Downy read this as if he were Eddie Rickenbacker and had lived every one of the events that happened.

Wonderful book. All I needed to know about flight in WW1

(5 Sterne)

Well written journal of an American WW1 fighter pilot. Have right me many interesting facts about that war. Book has given me vivid picture of a pilot, many things I'm sure have not changed since then. Book well worth my time and recommend to any war enthusiast.

Superb reading of a fascinating account

(5 Sterne)

This is my first foray into Librevox and I'm delighted and surprised by the quality of this presentation. Excellent work by Brett!

Great recollection, well read

(5 Sterne)

This is an excellent recollection by Rickenbacker of hi time on the front lines in France during WW I. Downey is a wonderful reader. I felt as though I were listening to Rickenbacker himself. If you enjoy aviation and military history, this is definitely a book worth listening to...

EXCELLENT

(5 Sterne)

Goofy title, but this is REALLY interesting, w/ an engaging & compelling writing style. It's very long, but NEVER gets boring or slow. The reader - it felt like he / she really was the author. Kudos Dude / Dudettes.

Great story!

(5 Sterne)

A rare glimpse into what it was like to be the first, and best, warriors of the air when flying was still in it's infancy by one of the greatest aviators this nation every produced.

fighting the flying circus

(5 Sterne)

Well told flying stories. I loved it. Note: I am a pilot and general aviation geek so that may color my opinion.