Giveaway Spotlight – BIPLANES AT WAR

Johnson CoverWe’re giving a book away this week! One lucky reader will win a book of their choice, choosing from seven of our newest titles. From now until Sunday, July 21, we will spotlight one of the books up for grabs on our blog. Answer our questions in the comments or on social media, and you’ll be entered into the drawing! For more details on the giveaway, CLICK HERE

Today’s feature title is Biplanes at War: US Marine Corps Aviation in the Small Wars Era, 1915-1934. Unlike the relative uniformity of conventional warfare, small wars prevent a clear definition of rules and roles for military forces to follow. During the small wars era, the US military had only recently begun battling in the skies but recognized the unique value and flexibility of aviation. This book provides a riveting history of the Marines’ use of biplanes between the world wars in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, China, and Nicaragua and chronicles how the Marines used aircraft to provide supporting fire to ground troops, to evacuate the wounded, to transport cargo, and even to support democratic elections. Biplanes at War sheds light on how the Marines pioneered roles that have become commonplace for air forces today, an accomplishment that has largely gone unrecognized in mainstream histories of aviation.


Apart from their military and transportation usefulness, airplanes are also pretty cool to look at. We hope you enjoy this slideshow of early biplanes featured in the book!

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If you had to hop in one of these planes right now and fly across the Atlantic, would you trust them? Which of the planes above would you trust the most? Let us know in the comments and you’ll be entered to win Biplanes at War: US Marine Corps Aviation in the Small Wars Era, 1915-1934 or another book of your choice from seven of our newest titles.

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2 thoughts on “Giveaway Spotlight – BIPLANES AT WAR

  1. carlrscott

    Boy, some of those photos really bring back memories, especially the older biplanes.
    I’d be very trepidatious about an Atlantic crossing in any of those birds. Are they even capable of a distance that great?
    I’m sure it would be a very noisy and uncomfortable adventure in any of them.
    If I had to pick one I think I’d go with the Boeing FB1. It looks pretty sturdy at least.
    Note to self: bring parachute and homing beacon.

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    1. Nathan Petrie Post author

      Ha! In hindsight, they are almost certainly not capable of flying that far. What was I thinking.

      We stuck your name in our hat again. Good luck!

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