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"A great deal of an aeroplane could be holed without affecting its ability to fly. Wings and fuselage could be—and often were—pierced in 50 places, missing the occupants by inches (blissfully unaware of how close it had come until they returned to base). Then the sailmaker would carefully cover each hole with a square inch of Irish linen frayed at the edges and with a brushful of dope make our aircraft 'serviceable' again within an hour." Lewis, Cecil. Farewell to Wings. London: Temple Press Books, 1964.
 
World War I Aircraft Production
France 67,987
Great Britain 58,144
Germany 48,537
Italy 20,000
USA 15,000
Austro-Hungarian Empire 5,431
Russia 4,700
 
Front Line Combat Aircraft
1914     1918
France 138
4,500
Great Britain 113
3,300
Germany 232
2,390
Italy 150
1,200
USA 55
740
Russia 244
Austro-Hungarian Empire 86
Belgium 24
 
Aircraft Lost (Shot Down, Crashed, Damaged)
France 52,640
Great Britain 35,973
Germany 27,637
 
Source: Angelucci, Enzo. Illustrated Encyclopedia of Military Aircraft. Edison: Chartwell Books, 2001.
 
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