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"For all practical purposes the warplane came into being at the end of 1914, with the adoption of the machine gun. In the early stages of the war reconnaissance planes, used for observation of enemy troop movements and of artillery fire, used to come into close confrontation with each other. Although these aircraft were unarmed, battle was joined, using whatever weapons were to hand, such as pistols and rifles, many of which had been specially adapted for use by air crews; some also carried steel darts to throw at the enemy's fabric-covered planes, and even hooks suspended on cables, a device invented by Captain Alexandr Alexandrovich Kazakov, Russia's leading air ace of the war." Angelucci, Enzo. Illustrated Encyclopedia of Military Aircraft. Edison: Chartwell Books, 2001.
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Aeroplanes and Dirigibles of War
A bygone look at the basic concepts of aerial warfare during the Great War.
Aviation Engines
The underlying principles of the Internal Combustion Engine as used in Aviation. The engines most widely used by the US Naval Aviation Corps during WWI.
Aircraft Machine Guns
Until almost a year after the war began machine guns were not carried by airplanes on active service.
Camouflage and Markings of the AEG C.IV
Camouflage schemes of the AEG and Fokker Flugzeugwerke built AEG C.IV aircraft.
Camouflage and Markings of the Albatros D.II Aircraft
Three color "Terrain Camouflage Schemes" used on the Albatros D.II.
Colours of the Halberstadt Built DFW C.V - Part I
The DFW C.V was one of the most successful German aircraft designs in the Great War.
Colours of DFW Built DFW C.V - Part II
In Part 2, the story continues with the camouflage and finish of the DFW C.V built by the design firm, Deutsche Flugzeug Werke G.m.b.H. (DFW).
Colours of the DFW Built DFW C.V - Part III
Part 3 of Dan-San Abbott's general history, camouflage and markings of the DFW C.V.
Ernest Udet and Fokker E.III 105/15
Finishing and Markings of Fokker E.III 105/15
Finishing and markings of the linen fabric covering of the wings, fuselage, elevator and rudder on the Fokker E.III 105/15.
Fokker D.VII in Service
Expanded study of a letter that appeared in Mentioned in Dispatches department of OVER THE FRONT, Vol. 14 No. 3, Fall 1999.
Fokker E.III Diagrams
Dan-San Abbott's diagrams of the Fokker E.III.
German Army Air Force Camouflage Systems
A reprint of Dan-San Abbott's study of printed fabrics as it appeared in "World War 1 Aero, No. 129," August 1990.
National Markings
National markings of the aircraft of World War I, 1912 - 1918.
Radial Renaissance
If you have been to an air show in the last sixty years you are bound to have enjoyed the unmistakable tune of a radial engine.
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