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Bombers Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft 1914-19

Bombers Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft 1914-19

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{detailed description}Bombs were dropped from an aeroplane at least as early as November 1911, nearly three years before the outbreak of the First World War, and hence the bomber may claim to ante-date the fighter aeroplane as a weapon of war. At any rate, while there were no true fighters in existence in August 1914, there were bombers—from the frail Voisins of France to the giant fourengined Russian Ilya Mourometz.
The ensuing four years of war provided a forcing-ground for such outstanding and varied bomber designs as the Gotha Grossflugzeuge, the Breguet 14 and the Handley Page 0/40o; and the submarine menace spurred development of the flying boat patrol bomber, culminating in the first-class Felixstowe designs.
Throughout the war the evolution of reconnaissance aircraft progressed to the extent that, to succeed the frail, defenceless Taube and Albatros machines of 1914, armed 2-seaters were evolved that in 1918 could out-fly and out-climb some of the ablest fighters in service.
The 66 aircraft in this volume reflect the development of such aircraft throughout the first truly formative period in military aviation history. The period 191419 is selected so as to include certain important types designed during the war, but which arrived too late for combat service.
{Author / Publisher / Date}by Kenneth Munson
published by Blandford 1st edn 1968 Well illustrated with 3 view colour drawings, index. 12x19
{condition}small inscription to front endpaper, otherwise very good, slight foxing to d/j
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