by H. Bedford-Jones
“Before your time. Back in 1870—the first air mail.”
During the Siege of Paris in 1870, at the height of the Franco-Prussian War, a group of airmen battled Prussian forces in war-torn France. Led by Giraud: everyone in the service knew Giraud, the Early Bird, the best test pilot going. Born a Frenchman, Giraud was one of the Grand Old Men of the air: an Early Bird, a magnificent training and test pilot. He had positively forgotten more about the air than the rest knew.
The Beginning of Air Mail is a previously-unreprinted historical saga from the pen of “the King of the Pulps,” H. Bedford-Jones, who authored 25 million words of fiction over his career.
As a bonus, an additional novelette of the balloon forces of the American Civil War is included.
The Beginning of Air Mail (The H. Bedford-Jones Library) contains the following stories:
- “The Invisible Passenger”
- “Eyes Filled With Laughter”
- “Number One Crash”
- “Fortunes of War”
- “Test Pilot Number One”
- “The Shadow Is White”