Academic journal article Air Power History

Flight Badges of the Allied Nations, 1914-1918: Volume I-The French, Russian, and Romanian Air Services

Academic journal article Air Power History

Flight Badges of the Allied Nations, 1914-1918: Volume I-The French, Russian, and Romanian Air Services

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Flight Badges of the Allied Nations, 1914-1918: Volume I--The French, Russian, and Romanian Air Services. By CDR Robert S. Pandis USNR (Ret). Photographs. Bibliography. Pp. 320. $128.00 ISBN: 1-49510999-2

Robert Pandis's new book is far more than a collection of unique images. It is an historical romp and a testament to the men who fought and flew a hundred years ago over the skies of Europe. While the photographs of the objects presented are exceptional, the book is also well-researched. Further, the historic context presented makes it far more interesting than a work that was merely focused on flight badges would be.

Pandis is no stranger to the subject matter or how best to present it. He has published similar works on German flight badges and American aviator wings. It is obvious he knows the particulars and idiosyncrasies associated with these objects as well as how to distinguish the real item from the forgeries that have become all too common. As with his other works, this book provides good guidelines to distinguish the authentic from the counterfeits. From the large variety of objects covered, it is obvious that Pandis had special access to some very unique collections. It is to his efforts that we owe this almost encyclopedic review of the flight badges of the French, Russian, and Romanian air services.

The section on French aviation begins with the pre-war period. …

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