Michael Molkentin researches the history of armed conflict, especially where it concerns Australia and the other British settler societies. He is particularly interested in aviation and air power.


Drawing on research in 17 different archives around the world this book presents an original and compelling perspective on Australian involvement in the Great War and a re-evaluation of air power’s impact on that conflict.

The first book in 90 years dedicated to the daring and courage of the airmen and mechanics of the Australian Flying Corps - a tale of a war fought thousands of feet above the trenches from which only one in two emerged unscathed.

A gripping account of history’s first trans-Pacific flight based on co-pilot Charles Ulm’s log book – an extraordinary journey undertaken by four very different men who, despite almost insurmountable challenges, made aviation history.