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This concise account of the army use of the aircraft during the last seventy-five years covers significant conflicts in Spain, Korea, Vietnam, and either global wars, in addition to the alterations in expertise, strategies, and attitudes towards using air energy.
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The pilot sat just under the forward edge of the top wing, and the gunner sat forward of him, armed with a free-mounted Vickers machine gun rived in France. This with which he was, presumably, lord of all he surveyed. Pushers would be the main type of British fighter for nearly two years, and the Vickers F. B. 5 was followed by the 9, 40 the "Gunbus," the Royal Aircraft THE ADVENT OF THE ACE Factory's F. E. 2b, or "Fee," perhaps the and the De HavUand D. H. as a direct response to the ically, the pusher was 2, which was a most famous of them all, single-seater pusher built German successes of early 1915.
And initially it all front, depended upon some nineteen- or twentycamera year-old boy leaning out over the side of his airplane with a strapped to his chest, in bitter cold, with no parachute, and often the target for any antiaircraft gun within 36 reach. THE EYES OF ARMIES Observation and reconnaissance were so obviously important, so early own nemesis. Higher know what the enemy was keep the enemy from seeing what in the war, that they rapidly generated their commanders who desperately wanted to doing equally desperately wanted to they themselves were up weapons developed rapidly, from machine guns mounted on posts so the gunner could fire upward and field guns with their trails dug into the ground to purposebuilt weapons.
Then he would zoom up in front of him, the Fokker's superiority, behind, firing as as if to go into a loop and attack from the rear again. Instead of loop- half-roll and come down again from the front, up speed yet again and firing as he came. This zoom and half-roll became the Immelmann turn, and it was good enough to account for more than half the planes Immelmann shot down. Idolized by the press, he was for a time even more famous than ing, he would do a building 47 A SHORT HISTORY OF AIR POWER Boelcke; he received Germany's highest award, the Pour le Merite, and was as respected and feared by the British as he was respected and admired by his own side.