During World War I, a German pilot who led and mentored the legendary "Red" Baron Manfred von Richthofen also earned fame for his own skill in the air. And that pilot, Oswald Boelcke, wrote the "Dicta Boelcke," eight rules for new pilots that would help them survive combat to earn experience and become resilient aces.
Before the Red Baron Manfred von Richthofen was Germany's air power hero, it was Oscar Boelcke, a German air ace and the mentor to von Richthofen and the "Flying Circus." Boelcke was one of Germany's first fighter aces and, when he took command of a group of fighters, he did all that he could to pass on the knowledge that would keep the men alive. He came up with eight rules that would stand for decades, and most still apply today.