The inspiration for this talk was a comment on TV about the Battle of Britain pilots – men flying half dead on their feet in the desperate air battles in 1940 – where the commentator said that these men far from hating every minute would gladly go up each day in whatever state to do it all again.  Researching WW1 pilots for my talks “Predator and Prey” about Royal Flying Corps pilots and “In Defence of the Realm” about RNAS pilots this kind of mentality comes across loud and clear and these were men who went up in the air in machines made of paper and wire.   Using memoirs to illustrate this and some of the material from the former talks this is a clear picture of the men who lived fast and all too often died far too young.