Samuel ‘Kink’ Kinkead won two DSCs with the Royal Naval Air Service, two DFC with the fledgling RAF and the DSO in Russia.
A brilliant pilot, post-war he was a long range aviation pioneer and leading racing ace selected for the international Schneider Trophy in Venice in 1927. Tragically he was killed aged just 31 in 1928 attempting to shatter the World Air Speed record. He is honoured by several memorials, at Cranwell, the RAF Club in Piccadilly, at Fawley and a permanent exhibition in the Kinkead Room at Calshot from where he set out on his final flight.
Julian Lewis has pieced together Kink’s extraordinary story of achievement during his short but eventful and glamorous life. A fascinating account of flying derring-do in war and peace.
Speaking of the human aspect of the great War, Racing Ace is all about one of the great characters of World War One. It would appeal to anyone who loves a well written book about... [read full review]Destructive Music.com – Steve Earles
His research has been impeccable and amazingly comprehensive. Read it! You won't be disappointed.Fleet Air Arm Officers Association - Nov 2011
'This is a masterly exposition of storytelling, Julian Lewis's detective story is worth a book in its own right. 'Julian Lewis's book brings Kinkead alive and reveals facts about early aviation that have for... [read full review]RUSI Journal - Sept 2011
An outstandingly well-researched and many-faceted biography in which the author has skilfully interwoven the event's of his heroes life with contemporary political, social, and technical developments, and for example his narrative of the obscure events... [read full review]The Naval Review - Nov 2011
Excellent, An extensive bibliography lists both sources and recommendations for further readers, and the Index is of exemplary construction. Anyone with an interest in early aviation, anyone who can appreciate proper research, anyone with an... [read full review]Speedreaders.info - Nov 2011
A very complete account of an outstanding airman's flying life, and three-eight-page sections of well produced photographs, useful appendices and a comprehensive index complete an absorbing book.Aeroplane - July 201
Julian Lewis has worked wonders in exhaustively plundering archive and resource to plug a gap in our aeronautical history.Eastern Daily Press - July 2011
An interesting book about a remote and under-researched period an also about a lovely man.Cross & Cockade International - Summer 2011
The Western Front has given rise to numerous stories of heroism, gallantry and struggle however this story deserves to be singled out. Racing Ace is the tale of Samuel Kinkead, receiver of six decorations for... [read full review]John (Customer Review)
Racing Ace tells the true story of Samuel Kinkead, nicknamed Kink, who was a decorated fighter pilot on the Western Front, in the Russian Civil War, the Aegean in 1916 and Iraq in the early... [read full review]Paul V (Customer Review)
An extraordinary biopic of an extraordinary, larger-than-life man. Thoroughly readable. This man could almost have been one of the inspirations for Biggles, but you have to remind yourself that nearly a hundred years ago, such... [read full review]Books Monthly- March 2011
'Fascinating'New Forest Post - March 2011
fascinating biographySouthern Daily Echo - March 2011
As the author of Schneider Trophy to Spitfire, I had the occasion to to be in contact with Dr. Lewis and was impressed by the careful research that appeared to be going into his book.... [read full review]Dr.J.K. Shelton - March 2011
Samuel ‘‘Kink’’ Kinkead was an astonishing British Empire hero, and in Julian Lewis he has found the ideal biographer who combines a complete mastery of the sources with a novelist’s observational eye. Kinkead died as... [read full review]Andrew Roberts
Julian Lewis has brought back to life the quiet-man-of-the-air, ‘‘Kink’’ Kinkead – an extraordinary figure whose short life spanned service in the Great War, the Allied expedition against the nascent Soviet Union and 1920s Iraq,... [read full review]Peter Hennessy
In this splendid book, Julian Lewis gets into the mind-set of a modest young South African airman – six times decorated for gallantry in battle – who was happy to risk his life repeatedly for... [read full review]M.R.D. Foot
The best biographies are thoroughly contextual and this one is no exception. The narrative is rich in observation and explanation, yet still enticingly easy to read. Its subject comes across as someone quite remarkable for... [read full review]Neville Brown
A brilliant book, full of humanity . . . A glittering triumph of well-researched scholarship, first-rate writing, and a powerful conviction of integrity, dedication, courage and patriotism.Jeremy Black
Just finished the above book and although the period, WW1 and the inter war years is not my usual area of interest, I can say that it is written in such a way that it... [read full review]www.ww2talk.com - March 2011
Julian Lewis has painstakingly researched and pieced together Kinkead's extraordinary story and has compiled a fascinating account of aviation derring-do in war & peace.The Herald - Feb 2011
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