Horses Don't Fly - Frederick Libby

Horses Don't Fly

By Frederick Libby

  • Release Date: 2012-03-15
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
5 Score: 5 (From 24 Ratings)
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From breaking wild horses in Colorado to fighting the Red Baron's squadrons in the skies over France, here in his own words is the true story of a forgotten American hero: the cowboy who became our first ace and the first pilot to fly the American colors over enemy lines.    

Growing up on a ranch in Sterling, Colorado, Frederick Libby mastered the cowboy arts of roping, punching cattle, and taming horses. As a young man he exercised his skills in the mountains and on the ranges of Arizona and New Mexico as well as the Colorado prairie. When World War I broke out, he found himself in Calgary, Alberta, and joined the Canadian army. In France, he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps as an "observer," the gunner in a two-person biplane. Libby shot down an enemy plane on his first day in battle over the Somme, which was also the first day he flew in a plane or fired a machine gun. He went on to become a pilot. He fought against the legendary German aces Oswald Boelcke and Manfred von Richthofen, and became the first American to down five enemy planes. He won the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry in action.  

Libby's memoir of his cowboy days in the last years of the Old West evokes a real-life Cormac McCarthy novel. His description of World War I combines a rattling good account of the air war over France with captivating and sometimes poignant depictions of wartime London, the sorrow for friends lost in combat, and the courage and camaraderie of the Royal Flying Corps. Told in charming, straightforward vernacular, Horses Don't Fly is an unforgettable piece of Americana.


  • Unbelievable

    By GeneM
    It is, without question, one of the finest books I have ever read. How he managed to do so many wonderful things in his life is a miracle. God put a very special person on Earth at just the right moment. Thank you for sharing this wonderful life and story with the world. I will share this book with others in hope that his courage inspires many others.
  • A man among men! Canada’s gain, America’s loss.

    By Grumpstet
    The most interesting, entertaining true story read in a long time. A “stout” fellow indeed. Just proves that Heroes are born, not made. Recommend reading for anyone that loves the truth and a good story.
  • Horses don't Fly

    By sidvish777
    This is the real deal. The book is Told in an understated factual perspective that shames today's glamour seekers. Not only a wonderful "horse book", this story is a national treasure for the U.S, Canada and the U.K. It should be required reading for all horse owners, pilots and government employees! Above all the book shows the way a man should live his life with zest, hard work, some whimsy but above all with honor and dignity!
  • Horse Don't Fly

    By Rexfordd
    A great read. It's a look back at the heroes we should emulate. Rex M. A veteran