World War 1 had witnessed the rise of the aircraft as part of the military weapon system. World War One introduced the word,"Ace" to pilots superb number of kills. Trench warfare would dominate the ground forces in bloody battles of attrition, but the skies would be ruled by the first aces of aerial combat.
The Great War changed the traditional warfare from battles limited to land and sea it then used the skies as another way of winning battles. Air forces were introduced so as the training of pilots and battle formations, though World War 1 was the pioneer of aerial combat, new tactics were yet to be discovered. Many names from World War one became legend and their names were immortalize, the likes of Red Baron, Frenchman Rene Fonck and Canadian Ace Roy Brown and Billy Bishop. These men became famous because of their superb tactics in various dogfights with their enemies, according to many historians its very difficult to hit a moving object while piloting your wooden aircraft, but these World War one aces did it so well.
Synchronized machine guns, monoplane, biplane and triplane designs and plywood aerodynamic construction would usher in a new chapter of warfare. War in itself would never be the same again. Now the common soldier had to worry about death from above - and not just from artillery barrages.
World War 1 airplanes were sometimes referred to as "flying coffins" for the very simple reason that these early warbirds often were the death of the pilot - either through combat or simply through trying to handle these machines.
World War 1 Pictures - Air-crafts of the Aces
|Fokker Dr.I - It became renowned as the aircraft in which Manfred von Richthofen gained his last 20 victories, and in which he was killed on 21 April 1918.|
|Sopwith Camel, A superlative fighter, the Camel was credited with shooting down 1,294 enemy aircraft, more than any other Allied fighter of the war|
|Nieuport Nie.11 (Bebe)|
The Nieuport 11 "Bebe" (or "Baby" - officially as the Nieuport 11 C1) was in some regards the first "true" Allied fighter of World War One
Albatros D.Va. fighter plane
|The Nieuport 17 was a combination of the Nieuport 11 and 16. The lower wing was stregenthened as the 11 had a bad habit of losing them in a steep dive.|