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Flying the Secret Sky: The Story of the RAF Ferry Command (2008)

In 1940 Nazi air strikes had Britain on her knees. The RAF was desperate for aircraft - losing hundreds of planes in air battles over Europe. Their essential supply of US aircraft, sent on ... See full summary »

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In 1940 Nazi air strikes had Britain on her knees. The RAF was desperate for aircraft - losing hundreds of planes in air battles over Europe. Their essential supply of US aircraft, sent on ship convoys, was sunk in the icy Atlantic by relentless German U-boats. Desperate times demanded desperate action. The only alternative was to fly the planes across the unforgiving ocean. The Ferry Command was born. The US was still neutral, so word went out through the "aviation grapevine" about a secret operation based in Montreal, that needed experienced civilian pilots. They offered an irresistible combination - a vital and important job, the chance to fly the latest aircraft, and a large paycheck. This attracted a rowdy bunch of airline pilots, bush pilots, barnstormers and daredevils -- men used to danger and risk. But nothing could prepare them for the treacherous winter skies over the North Atlantic, that in1940, no one dared fly. Meteorology was in its infancy: there was no way to predict ... Written by William VanDerKloot

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