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Its young, inexperienced German pilot, his face greased for protection from the cold, felt snug in his thick flight suit and sheepskin-lined boots.
Eyes alert, he carefully scanned the vast expanse of seemingly empty blue sky.
It was the enemy. Instead of maneuvering above and behind his opponent, the novice pilot forgot all his combat training and simply flew head-on at the oncoming aircraft.
As the enemy neared, the German recognized it as a French Caudron G. As the German pilot reached for the firing button on the joystick, his mouth became dry at the prospect of his first aerial battle.
The German pilot poised his thumb over the firing button, muscles tense.
The moment of truth: But as the two planes came within point-blank range of each other, paralyzing fear gripped the young German and he froze.
He stared at his opponent, helpless. A second later, he heard popping noises and felt his Fokker shudder. Something slapped hard against his cheek and his goggles flew off.
His face was sprayed with broken glass, and blood trickled down his cheek. With the French observer still firing, the German dived into a nearby cloud and limped back to his airfield.
Once his wounds had been dressed, he secluded himself in his room and spent a sleepless night berating himself for cowardice and stupidity. Such was the inauspicious beginning of one of the most remarkable flying careers of the first half of the 20th century.
His was a boisterous and colorful life, an adventurous span of decades that would ultimately end in tragedy. When Udet was still a baby, his family moved to the Bavarian city of Munich, where the inhabitants loved to eat, swill mugs of beer, sing and dance—a perfect place for a Sonntagskind to grow up.
In school, Udet displayed a quick, agile mind. But his eyes glazed over when he was confronted with detail and routine. He loved to talk and got along with everyone despite a dislike of authority. From early on Udet was fascinated with flying machines.
With his school friends, he built and flew model airplanes and helped to found the Munich Aero-Club in The boys sometimes gathered around the nearby Otto Flying Machine Works to watch airplanes being built and tested, and visited an army balloon unit to gawk at training flights.
It was an ungainly contraption of bamboo and canvas, and when Udet attempted to fly it off a hilltop, he merely succeeded in smashing it to pieces. He finally got into the sky in when a test pilot working for the Otto Works took him up in a Taube monoplane.
But any dreams Udet may have entertained about a flying career were all but swept away by a rush of events. On August 2,Udet tried to enlist in the army, but he was turned away because, at just over 5 feet tall, he was too short. The regiment let him in because he could furnish his own motorcycle.
During his runs, Udet often rubbed elbows with pilots, which helped to respark his interest in flying. When the army ended its volunteer motorcyclist program, Udet decided to try to make it as a pilot.updated 7/15/13 MRS.
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