Have you heard the name: Major Robert Smith-Barry? You probably would have if you were around during the First World War because long before the famous Red Bull slogan he gave people wings.
Up until 1911 the British Military did not have any pilot training facilities, and as a result most of the early pilots were trained by members of the Royal Aero Club. By the end of the Great War, 1914 – 18, more than 6,300 military pilots had taken the Certificate.
Any pilot whose foes ask for an autographed photo must be a force to be reckoned with! That certainly seems to have been true of Captain Gerald Ernest Gibbs, whose obvious flying prowess prompted his opponents to wave the white flag and land rather than risk being shot down.
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Have you heard the name: Major Robert Smith-Barry? You probably would have if you were around during the First World War because long before the famous Re [...]
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