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World War I Aviation

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aviation postcard
a postcard from the war shows the early attempts at fighting in the air

 
The creative genius which produced the industrial revolution now was put to work creating newer and better weapons. Though not used very effectively, airplanes were used as weapons of war in World War I. At first both sides used the planes for reconnaissance and pilots did not try to fight one another. Often they would wave at each other as they passed. As the war heated up pilots began to fire guns. Next they fastened a machine gun to the airplane, but at first the bullets got caught in the propellers with unfortunate results. Once they learned to synchronize the machine gun with the propellers, the dogfight became possible. The World War I flying aces, such as The Red Baron, captured the public imagination

 

downed airplane
a German airplane which has been shot down

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