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World War 1 Pictures - Airplanes and Dogfights


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.


Fokker D.VIII. Dubbed the Flying Razor by Allied pilots, the D.VIII had the distinction of scoring the last aerial victory of the war.




aces with more than 40 kills
Kills
Ace
Nation
80
Manfred von RichthofenGermany
75
Rene FonckFrance
73
Edward MannockGreat Britain (Ireland)
72
William BishopGreat Britain (Canada)
62
Ernst UdetGermany
60
Raymond CollishawGreat Britain (Canada)
57
James McCuddenGreat Britain
54
A. Beauchamp-ProctorGreat Britain (South Africa)
54
Donald MacLarenGreat Britain (Canada)
54
Georges GuynemerFrance
53
William BarkerGreat Britain (Canada)
53
Erich LoewenhardtGermany
48
Werner VossGermany
47
Raymond LittleGreat Britain (Australia)
46
Philip FullardGreat Britain
46
George McElroyGreat Britain (Ireland)
45
Charles NungesserFrance
45
Fritz RumeyGermany
44
Albert Ball Great Britain
44
J. GilmoreGreat Britain
44
Rudolf BertholdGermany
43
Paul Baeumer Germany
41
T. HazellGreat Britain (Ireland)
41
Joseph JacobsGermany
41
Bruno LoerzerGermany
41
Georges MadonFrance
40
Oswald BoelckeGermany
40
Franz BuechnerGermany
40
Lothar von RichthofenGermany
40
Godwin Brumowski Austria-Hungary
40
Ira JonesGreat Britain







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