Sumner. The French Air Force of the First World War developed as fast as the British and German air forces, yet its history, and the enormous contribution it made to the eventual French victory, is often forgotten. The fighter pilots play a leading role in the story, in particular the French aces, the small group of outstanding airmen whose exploits captured the public's imagination. Their fame, though, tends to distract attention from the ordinary airmen who formed the body of the air force throughout the war years, including bomber and recon pilots, and the variety of warplanes they flew. 160 pages, 200 photos, 7½"x 9½", softcover.