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ID
cx174
Title
Flying Beyond the Reach of Fear
Genre
Essay
Page Count
3
Word Count
1120
Publisher
Strand
Publication Year
1944
Document Types
Full-text Online
Eads, Additions to
Flying Officer X Byline
Topics
Pilots, War

With the subtitle 'A Glimpse into the Fighter Pilot's Mind,' Bates explores the 'protective communal code of speech and manner' of Royal Air Force pilots that 'compels them roughly to be unimpressionable, inarticulate, self-effacing.'

He distinguishes fear as their dominant emotion: 'There has never been a pilot, I think, who under all that laconic exterior and monosyllabic speech, was not afraid, and who was not an infinitely better pilot and man because of it.'

One of only three non-fiction pieces with the 'Flying Officer X' byline (the others being 'On Equipment' and 'The First Squadron.')

The essay is accompanied by six drawings 'from life' by Olive Snell with the title 'Fighter Boys of a Famous County Squadron.'

In Strand (April, 1944, pp. 71-73, attached).


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