The Airforce In World War One

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World War One in the Air The impact of the development of aircraft on warfare The technology in the air of the air force and different types of aircrafts developed a huge amount during the First World War. The significance of aeroplanes changed greatly during the course of the war. The aeroplane went from being a partially unimportant and unnecessary object to being one of the main fighting utensils. At the beginning of the war aircrafts were simple and didn’t play a major role in the course of the war. There were only few aeroplanes circulating within the army bases. There were about 200 to 300 aeroplanes within all troops (Stewart, P.86). They used simple planes which were made from wood, canvas, steel and iron wires which held it together. They had no radio, no navigation and no heating, which caused the pilots to work in a very uncomfortable condition. The pilots wore warm clothing and covered their faces with whale oil to avoid frost bites (Wrenn, P.44). Pilots faced many problems and also had and had many worries to work with their instable planes. Being a pilot at the beginning of the war was a boring and uninteresting job, most aircrafts were used for scouting or reconnaissance, which was the most valuable usage of the aeroplanes during the beginning of World War One. The pilots had to gather the information about the bases of the opponent to help assume further attacks. Ariel photographs were also taken and studied to find tunnels or artillery (DeMarce, P.34). The pilot also had a job of spotting. This helped the artillery place their bombs more accurately but it was extremely time consuming, placing four cannons took about two hours. There were also scare occasions in which pilots fought with each other, but they used hand guns and fired them while they were flying. This hand gun could already damage

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