...is the formation of the Israeli Air Force. From a few obsolete observation planes before 1948, Israel's air arm grew to become a formidable weapon in the Arab Wars of 1948 and the Fifties. The author, an officer in the Force, was intimately involved from the beginning. Under cover, several American Jews worked to send planes and arms to the emerging nation, to counteract Britain's favoritism toward the Arab countries surrounding Israel. Czechoslovakia, then France, lent hands. Much later, Israel was prepared to send its David-like Air Force against the Goliath of the combined air forces of the Arab bloc and send them streaking for cover. Heroic air battles follow much intrigue once again, as Nasser takes Suez and the next stage of the war begins, this time with jets. Nationalistic history which, while never strident, goes soft in a way that officers should not allow -- it is interesting to partisans only.