Skewed Identity and Cordial Enemies: World War I Flying Aces

UNCA Author/Contributor (non-UNCA co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Nicholas Whaley (Creator)
University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA )
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Alvis Dunn

Abstract: There is some otherworldly magic seemingly attributed to the fighter pilots of World War I and there is no one concept or idea that created such a unique setting. The way the media pinned them as national heroes would give them fame, but it was their attitude towards each other both during and after the war that would make them legendary. The rise of the fighter pilot in World War I would produce heroes that the media would manipulate to garner nationalistic war support, though by the end of the fighting the pilots had actually treated each other with dignity and fellowship, ultimately using their fame to show that a war-torn world could mend. This paper discusses the reasons for this and the camaraderie that existed between opposing pilots.

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Language: English
Date: 2016

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