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    Would You Believe Pilots Shoot Guns While Flying In The Air?

    From Torpedo Bombers to Lockheed P-38 Lightning to the infamous Enola Gay, the role of airplanes in warfare can never be overstated.

    Airplanes saw it first major entry into warfare during World War I. It was invented in 1903 by the Wright Brothers, and just a decade after, the First World War erupted. And in no time, the ingenious invention would soon be dragged to the fray.

    Initially, aircrafts played a minor role in warfare, but, around the end of the era, air force has become a crucial part of the military.

    Early missions of the air force

    Airplanes were first instrumental for reconnaissance missions. The armed forces used this new mode of transport to determine the movement of enemy and their positions.

    Considered as the most important contribution of airplane during the war occurred at the First Battle of Marne were Allied forces spotted a gap in the German front lines. With this valuable piece of info, the Allied forces took chance of the opening giving them a chance to split the opposing army and pushing them back.

    Airplane bombers

    would-you-believe-pilots-shoot-guns-while-flying-in-the-air-1As the war intensified, modest airplanes were used to drop bombs on strategic enemy installations. Initially, the planes carried small bombs and were vulnerable to ground attacks.

    In fact, ground soldiers could shoot down an airplane with a regular rifle – although air rifle models reviewed here at http://riflejudge.com/ wouldn’t be able to down a WWI fighter plane.

    But as airplane engineering and technology become more developed, WWI military airplanes became more agile and were now equipped with faster long-range bombers. It also allowed loading of larger, heavier bombs.

    Gunfights in the air

    With both the Allied and Axis forces looking to take advantage of the air space, firefight was soon brought in the air. Enemy pilots began shooting with pistols and rifles or throwing grenades at each other while flying above ground. It was useless and downright laughable shooting aimlessly while on flight.

    Soon, planes were equipped with a machine gun, usually mounted at the front of the plane. This gave the pilots better control and also rid the need for a co-pilot when flying the aircraft.

    Dogfights

    It was the Germans that first invented a device known as the “interrupter” which basically syncs the propeller with the machine gun. It just took a few years for other air forces to use this invention. Now equipped with machine guns, the pilots have literally brought firepower to their hands and in the air. These firefights were called dogfights.

    There are a lot of pilots and aviators who were very skilled in dogfights. Some have even become famous for their courageous exploits. In the military force, these distinguished fighter pilots were nicknamed “flying aces.”

    Some of the popular fighter aces are:

    • Manfred von Richthofen also called the “Red Knight” of the German air force;
    • Eddie Rickenbacker of the US Army Air Service who is considered the “ace of aces” in the American squadron;
    • Albert Ball of the British Army and a wartime celebrity in the United Kingdom;
    • William Bishop of Canada’s Royal Flying Corps and dubbed by the German pilots as the “Hell’s Handmaiden” for his prolific fighting skills;
    • Werner Voss of the German air force and was also the closest competitor of the Red Baron;
    • Georges Guynemer of the French squadron.

    Through the years, we’ve seen how aircrafts and its pilots has become a defining asset in the military force. From being a transport vessel for reconnaissance missions, the air force now plays a major role in almost all the activities of the armed forces – whether it is in military offensive during wartime or humanitarian missions during peacetime.

  • Aviation
    History of Aviation in a Nutshell
    History of Aviation in a Nutshell

    Many people erroneously believe that the Wright brothers made the first aircraft. While the plane they flew in Kittyhawk was certainly the first fully automated aircraft to achieve sustained flight, it definitely wasn’t the first aircraft ever. We hope to do away with little misconceptions like this which seem to plague our favorite topic in the world. However, to give you an exhaustive history of aviation would take a lot of time and space that we just don’t have right now. A brief summary of key events, points in time and facts related to the field is definitely something that we can give to our readers though.

    While the rickety plane Orville and Wilbur put together is certainly one of the most unique aircrafts in the history of aviation, it does not mark the beginning of the field. For one, people have been using hot air balloons to float around in the sky for hundreds of years now, as far back as 1783 when Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier achieved the first unmanned balloon flight in Annonay, France. The craft was unmanned, but would you climb into something if you had no idea whether the thing would fly or crash and burn? Smoke was used as a lifting agent initially, because hot air wasn’t yet understood.

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  • Aircrafts
    Our Favorite Unique Aircrafts Throughout History
    Our Favorite Unique Aircrafts Throughout History

    What makes an aircraft unique? Well, having features that other aircraft don’t is one way to stand out from the crowd. Coming from certain time periods when flight wasn’t as common as it is today is another way for an aircraft to be unique. Though some readers could probably guess a few of the planes on this list, we still want to talk about our favorite unique aircrafts throughout history, a couple of which will probably surprise you. In no particular order, here are the five.

    Have you ever heard of the Nemuth Parasol? Well, this unique aircraft built by students of Miami University came into existence back in 1934, during the sort of golden age of aviation when people knew they could fly, but were still trying to figure out the best way to design aircraft. This machine looks every bit the same as a traditional plane, except that it has no wings, at least not in the traditional sense. While the design was functional, the Parasol looks like something out of a science fiction book even today, in 2016.
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