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A Report Into the Development of Aircraft and Air Combat 1914 -1918 (WWI).

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A Report Into the Development of Aircraft and Air Combat 1914 -1918 (WWI) World War I accelerated the evolution of aircraft dramatically. What was once considered a privately funded venture for creating faster, larger and longer-flying aircraft for international sport and prestige turned into a race for air superiority. Traditional military strategy at first rejected the awesome potential of the airplane as a war machine, but soon the brutal reality of taking the war to the enemy by air overruled all protests. Pre-WWI planes were used only in scouting roles, but their versatility soon became obvious. Planes were used for many tasks during the war, such as photographing troop movements, strafing enemy positions, bombing enemy positions and disabling supply systems. ...read more.


was the most prolific ace of WWI, von Richthofen shot down 80 allied planes in a 2-year period. He also worked closely with Fokker on some occasions on the design of aircraft. This lead to the creation of the Fokker D.VII. Richthofen was also responsible for Aircraft Fokker D.VII - German Plane Was seen by man as the German triumph of aviation invention. Created by Fokker and Richthofen in 1918, it was too late in the war to be of any real use, but the fact that the Treaty of Versailles specifically demanded that all Fokker D.VII must be turned over to the Allied powers denoted their fear for such a weapon. ...read more.


In the early parts of the war they were used as bombers as they had a huge weight capacity, 2,000 kgs. But, as they were large, easy to spot and easy to hit they were abandoned as weapons. The first notable assault by a Zeppelin was on London on the 19 of January 1916. Three German Zeppelins headed for London, but one had to turn back d to malfunctions. The others two made it but caused little useful damage. Tactics WWI was a golden era for air combat, and therefore, air combat tactics. Pioneers like Lanoe Hawker (Britain) and Max Immelmann (Germany) were among the first pilots to put into practice such basic manoeuvres as the Immelmann Turn. Such tactics paved the way for future air combat aces to elaborate and transform this new weapon into one of the most deadly forms of combat. ...read more.

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