The World War I Aviator’s Pocket Manual

This pocket manual opens up the world of the Great War aviator, with extracts and images from WWI training manuals for pilots, with modern introductions.
Date Published :
May 2018
Publisher :
Editor :
Chris McNab
Series :
The Pocket Manual Series
Illustration :
b/w images and photos throughout
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781612005843
Pages : 160
Dimensions : 7 X 4.7 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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Aviation was still in its infancy when World War I broke out. The first men to take to the skies above the battlefield undertook reconnaissance. Pilots and observers soon branched out into primitive bombing attempts, and attacking enemy aircraft when they came into contact. Nascent air forces produced manuals to help these pioneers as they took warfare into a new dimension.

Pulling together information from British manuals such as A Few Hints for the Flying Officer and Practical Flying, as well as American, German and French training guides, this pocket manual shows what type of information the pilots were given. From the basics of how to care for, start, and fly an aircraft, through tactics and strategy in the air, identifying whether vehicles below were friend or foe, interacting with mechanics, and coordinating with army or naval forces. This fascinating time capsule opens up the world of the Great War aviator. With introductions to the manuals by Chris McNab, setting them in context and providing background.

About The Author

Dr Chris McNab is an author and historian, his principal subject areas being military history and military technology. He has written more than 100 non-fiction titles, including many Casemate pocket manuals relating to World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War. Chris has appeared in several TV documentaries as an expert commentator, and he also works as an educational consultant, specializing in the development of textbooks and teaching materials.


This piece describes the importance of constant attention to the welfare of mechanics and machines in the work sheds; a habit which many of the great aces cultivated. Encouraging historians to expand popular interest in the first air war is one of our “missions” in the League, and this engaging pocket manual is a welcome addition to the task.

- Over the Front

“Not an official pilot's manual, but a selection of instructions cobbled together from various sources both European and American. Fascinating…”

- Books Monthly

“This interesting little book is a compilation of contemporary British, German and American training material…it is a volume worth having.”

- Cross & Cockade International

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