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The first fatality of a dogfight

Posted in Anniversary, Aviation, World War 1 on Friday, 24 September 2010

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A dogfight between British and German biplanes. Illustration by Wilf Hardy

5 October marks the anniversary of the first aerial dogfight that resulted in a kill in 1914. Prior to this, British and German aircraft had been used solely for observation and pilots crossing paths would often wave to each other. As the war became more bitterly fought, pilots began throwing objects or firing revolvers.

Aerial combat quickly developed, first with mounted machine guns and then a system which allowed pilots to shoot through the propeller along its flight path.

More pictures of aerial dogfights can be found here. Many more illustrations of aircraft of the Great War can be found at the Look and Learn picture library.

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