Slightly fictionized through the use of three boys as ""models"" in order to include as many as possible phases of naval aviation training -- this is a careful job of factual reporting. Much of the material has appeared elsewhere, but in no book that I have seen is so much ground covered. The boys start together; one is washed out but gets into another phase of aviation; the other two go through, but and in different branches. The difficulties at each step of the way, the psychological and physical and temperamental problems are not minimized; the grinding work is not sugar-coated. Realistic and -- so far as a layman can judge -- meticulously accurate.