Planes in World War One and World War Two

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Comparison of Airplanes in World War One and World War Two Aircraft in World War One and World War Two were dramatically different. The technological advancements between the wars created new weapons that were more powerful than those of the First World War. Even the designs of the planes were modified to be faster and more reliable in terms of flight time and more. With the new modifications done to the planes, they could perform more tasks than the planes of the First World War. In the First World War, the airplane was a very simple machine; it was made of wood and fabric because they were the easiest materials to work with and the most readily available. They were generally biplanes, a plane with two layers of wing, although some models had three wings or just one but the single wing airplane was more common in the Second World War. This was to keep the airplane as light as possible and because it was the only way known to be constructed at the time. The fighter aircraft had a maximum speed of 160 miles per hour but could only stay in air for a couple of hours before needing to refuel. Due to the small size of the fuel tank, the airplanes could only travel roughly 290 miles full round trip before landing again. Planes with this short time span could only be used for small tasks which took little time. The airplanes in World War I had single propeller engines and usually had an open cockpit. There were few variations in the designs of planes in the First World War and more in the second. The airplane in the Second World War on the other hand, were much more complex. They were fabricated out of more durable material like steel and aluminum. The reason for the new materials was the newer, more powerful engines. Planes made of wood and fabric would not be able to sustain the speed and force of the engines. New designs to the planes airframe also allowed for more

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