Aviation in Canada: Fighter Pilots and Observers 1915-1939 is an authoritative new look at Canada's pioneers of aerial combat. Beginning in 1915, these men flew fighters and two-seat observation planes undertaking some of the most perilous tasks of the First World War. The book honours the men, aircraft and organizations, detailing in a fresh light their many incredible accomplishments from training in Canada as early as 1914, to the dangerous skies over the Western Front, Italy and wherever else they were needed.
Besides the wartime period, the authors cover its immediate aftermath - Canadian airmen fighting in Russia's civil war in 1919, then, how they adjusted to civil life back in Canada. Used to fighting for their lives, many decided to try civil aviation, so soon were in the headlines for other great aerial deeds as Canada's newly-formed government air service, which soon led to the formation of the Royal Canadian Air Force. The interwar years follow, the authors describing how the RCAF struggled to preserve some of the lessons learned over the front. It slowly builds a small force of fighters and two-seaters. The book takes the reader to the eve of war in 1939 when the RCAF finally exchanges its ancient Siskin fighters for a squadron of modern Hurricanes.