Aircraft 1903-1918

At the beginning of the First World War, aircraft were frail machines, unarmed and suitable only for reconnaissance duties. By its end, ┬ápilots in swift, heavily armed fighters were shooting each other out of the sky over the Western Front, bombers were showering high-explosive and incendiary bombs on battlefield and town alike; the first dive…

Aerial Combat

Some comments by Elliot White Springs, an American fighter ace of the Great War (WWI): The heavens were the grandstand and only the gods were spectators. The stake was the world and the game had no recess. It was the most dangerous of all sports and the most fascinating. It got in the blood like…