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Biggles Learns To Fly

Biggles Learns To Fly Sep Norfolk Flying School trains dogged delicate looking Bigglesworth He ships to France on less than air hours Though gunner Mark saves his first flight hot dogfights force him to learn o

  • Title: Biggles Learns To Fly
  • Author: W.E. Johns
  • ISBN: 9780099938200
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sep 1916 Norfolk Flying School trains dogged delicate looking Bigglesworth 16 He ships to France on less than 15 air hours Though gunner Mark saves his first flight, hot dogfights force him to learn or die Downed twice over Lines, he evades and chases Boche in air and on land, plans new tactics against Hun circuses, drops French spy.

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    1. 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 read a fatal love story before. It made a lasting impression on me.So Biggles, who's in his late teens, is a dashing WW I fighter pilot in France, and one day he makes a forced landing at this little French farm. "My mag stopped," he explains to the beautiful mademoiselle who comes out to see what the biplane's doing in their orchard. "Your bag?" she asks, not quite under [...]

    2. Johns was one of those British men of a certain era with a biography that sounds that it can’t possibly be true, featuring more 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. [...]

    3. *does a happy little squeal*Does 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 swear word after swear word? I've done this much too often. So when I found several Biggles books at the charity shop yesterday I was a little incredulous. I heard about these books awhile ago, and though they looked like good books for boys.And I'm sooo happy! [...]

    4. 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 biplanes were extremely new to war and had been used first for observation, then machine guns and bomb racks were fitted. Triplanes (known as tripehounds) were also in use on the German side. The planes such as Sopwith Pups were made of spruce wood and piano wire, and did not have [...]

    5. 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 bought a boxed set of numerous Biggles books so can't wait to continue with reading the next instalment!

    6. 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 well.The 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.

    7. 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.

    8. Biggles Learns To Fly was first published by Boy's Friend Library, London in 1935, while the events were fresh in the author's mind, long before there was any talk of Hitler and a Second World War.In September 1916, a seventeen-year-old officer (James Bigglesworth – otherwise known as Biggles, 'the author') appeared in the doorway of one of the narrow wooden huts that had sprung up all over England during the previous eighteen months. He was wearing his distinctive uniform of the Royal Flying [...]

    9. Although Biggles may be reknowned as 'for children', this is actually pretty well-written, historically accurate and perfectly grown-up in most of the vocabulary used. Johns writes with enthusiasm and clearly knows his subject very well indeed. This book is set in 1916-17 although written in the 1930s, set mostly in Northern France and reads more like a set of 16 closely-related and chronologically-arranged episodes, rather than a single novel. Biggles flies a variety of planes as they are devel [...]

    10. B2: This book is old, and its story much older (halfway WW-1), but I still like it. Why?It's thin enough to be appealing to young readers and contains modest adventures to keep them reading.But meanwhile, it paints a picture of England / France of a century ago.The coming-of-age of a boy in troubled times, not shying away, or playing down the horrors of death.

    11. I can't think why I never read any of the Biggles books when I was a boy. I was, after all, a voracious reader from an early age and devoured book after book from very on at primary school I do recall that a lot of my friends read the Biggles books and talked about them, but I have no recollection whatever of having done so myself. Most of the games that my friends and I played seemed to revolve around the war stories that were so prevalent on television in the late 1960s and early 1970s, escapi [...]

    12. Non il primo della serie ad essere scritto, ma il primo in ordine cronologico interno della sua vita come aviatore.Siamo sul Fronte Occidentale, la guerra che avrebbe terminato tutte le guerre è in pieno svolgimento e i combattenti si stavano rendendo conto che non sarebbe stata una guerra lampo e che sarebbe stata molto diversa dalle precedenti.I luoghi descritti nella storia li ho visitati durante un viaggio nel nord della Francia, diventato senza premeditazione una sorta di pellegrinaggio su [...]

    13. Let's be honest, this isn't a well written novel and Johns is a competent writer who lacks any real flair. There is little narrative tension or even plot to speak of and what little characterisation there is focuses on the protagonist. For the first few chapters I was bewildered as to why I ever enjoyed these as a child. Biggles spends most of the book blindly following orders and only really develops dimension when his friends start to get slaughtered. And it is this that the book shines. Johns [...]

    14. Biggles' first uncertain forays into the sky are described with all WEJ's trademark immediacy. I first read this at about eight years old and the finer, and indeed many of the major, details escaped me; coming back to it now I find there's so much more in the book than I'd realised - fear and friendship and deaths and the sheer joy of taking to a new element. The book's a series of short stories and we see Biggles' progression from uncertain Hun - trainee pilot - to professionally competent figh [...]

    15. Chronologically the first of the Biggles books It's a collection of related stories about Biggles' exploits as a raw youth in World War One. It is different though, as this has the quality of having been written out of experience. The opening chapters really do convey the experience of a boy in wartime, qualities you do not find in his later novels. However the middle sections display all the features I dislike in W.E. Johns' writing especially his crude caricatures of anyone foreign. His charac [...]

    16. This is pretty typical Biggles fare which, to me, means a fast-paced, easy-to-read story, with few moral quandries to make one think. Although written about 2/3 of the way through all of Johns' Biggles stories, chronologically it is the 3rd story in his career - following on from the two about his time as a schoolboy.Like the rest of the stories set in World War I, this is similar to a set of short stories - Biggles has adventures in the air (and occasionally on the ground), but there is no ongo [...]

    17. I was new on high school at Phoenix Secondary, in Manenberg. I was trying to find my feet and my way in this "big school" environment. Being an introvert I did not naturally make friends and my English teacher noticed this and tried to make up by bringing books to school so that I could read. Ms Newman will forever be in my thoughts for her contribution to my love for reading.The book made me believe that anything is possible and kindled in me a sense of excitement and adventure. Fighting evil w [...]

    18. I read Biggles books to my son, age 6, at bedtime. He loves them, although I find I'm very adept now at reading a few lines ahead to abridge some of the more graphic elements or the less than PC references to the Germans. Surprisingly I find I'm censoring Enid Blyton more than I censor these books.As far as my son is concerned, fighter planes crash and sometimes people die but mostly the enemies nefarious plans are ruined and lots of Germans get hurt or injured and are invalided out of the war o [...]

    19. I loved these books as a child and decided to read them again to see how they were from an adult perspective. They were such a part of my childhood that I was hoping not to be too disappointed, however I really enjoyed this one and will read more. Yes they are a little old fashioned in their language but the author was a pilot in the First World War so he should know how people spoke and acted. A fascinating look into the early years of flying and the terrible odds of survival. If the enemy didn [...]

    20. This is not a particularly well written book, and Biggles himself is a swashbucklingly arrogant, overly enthusiastic and slightly over-the-top character. However, there's a certain nostalgia involved when I read this (I remember reading this book as a kid, twenty years ago). It brings back nice memories as one of those early literary experiences of mine. Besides, I'll be damned if it isn't one of the most entertaining things I've read in a long while!

    21. Most of the WW1 stories originally appeared in a boys magazine of the 1930s and if you know a bit about flying during the Great War and the sort of time span this is written over then you can start picking holes at it and my OCD for things like that just annoyed me.However I still enjoyed the stories and the book as a whole. I just imagined that some of the German aircraft were other types!

    22. The Biggles stories from the First World War are probably the best, drawn as they are from John's own experience of air combat. Here we see biggles as a raw recruit - a very different sort of chap than the one he becomes in the later books. The backbone is there, however, and the stiff upper lip - and the mirthless smile as he squeezes the trigger of his Lewis gun

    23. Na zijn opleiding op de kostschool, krijgt James Bigglesworth (of Biggles) de kans om piloot te worden bij de Engelse luchtmacht. Na een korte opleiding wordt hij naar Frankrijk gestuurd om daar als nieuwe piloot acties uit te voeren tegen de Duitsers.Diverse korte verhalen.

    24. Finally we get to hear about James Bigglesworth's first day as a pilot. This book is a sequence of short stories that takes Biggles all the way from training camp (a week or so) to 266 Squadron via a number of adventures.

    25. I have read half of this book and so far it has been very exciting Biggles has got into the airforce and e has already become sergent after one proper fight. he woke up the next morning and he became sergent

    26. This is a fun read full of stereotypes and derring-do. But within its brashness it probably tells the reader as much about life in the battlefields of France in WW1 as can be gained from more serious books. Thoroughly recommendedunless you're Germanor French!

    27. I read a few Biggles books at school and really enjoyed them at the time. Reading them now they appear to have lost something but are still better than average.

    28. I had expected something of a boy own adventure, but in fact the first book of the Biggles series is a gritty description of the war in the air during the First World War. Recommended.

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