- By Blaine Lee Pardoe

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

  • Title: Terror of the Autumn Skies: The True Story of Frank Luke, America's Rogue Ace of World War I
  • Author: Blaine Lee Pardoe
  • ISBN: 2940000224861
  • Page: 294
  • Format: Nook
  • Terror of the Autumn Skies The True Story of Frank Luke America s Rogue Ace of World War I 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 min

    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 balFrank 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 balloons and four airplanes, a rampage unequalled even by the dreaded von Richtofen, and the second highest American tally of the entire war Cocksure and constantly reprimanded, Luke was actually under arrest on the day of his final flight, but he stole a plane to join the fatal action that won him the first Congressional Medal of Honor awarded to a pilot Blaine Pardoe retraces and refreshes Frank Luke s story through recently discovered correspondence What emerges is a portrait of a life out of an Old West that was, by the late Teens, colliding with modernity Frantic, short, and splendid, the life of Frank Luke, Jr dramatizes the tragic intervention of an American spirit in the war that devastated Europe.

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

    1. I love aviation history and was excited when this showed up on BookBubs. I commend the author for his exhaustive research and high esteem for the subject of the book, but I found the writing style to be a little tiring and overdramatic. One moment the book reads like a tedious textbook of facts and figures; the next like a pulp fiction boys novel from the thirties, overly dramatic and full of repetitive cheesy metaphors and similes such as "diving on the "Sausage" (or "Drachen" in the same sente [...]

    2. 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.Blain [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. 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 [...]

    5. Besides Waldo Pepper, Rickenbacker, Richthofen and Brown are the only pilot names that come to mind from World War I.  So, learning about America's very first Ace of Aces, who was also the first aviator to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, was  a great discovery for me as a pilot and a history buff.  Luke's missions against German observation balloons also revealed aspects of the air war over the trenches I had never known.

    6. The story was captivating. I listened to it on audio and it made for an enjoyable trip to Portland. I got into the life of Frank Luke and there are prolific details about flying a WW1 airplane. The story had so many rich details, it is still so vivid for me. An excellent read and highly recommended on audio.

    7. Interesting history became a little tedious in the epilogue. Way too many typos in the Kindle versions. Had very vivid, motion dreams after some evenings of reading about dogfights.

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *