Aviation - INTRODUCTION
EARLY HISTORY
THE 19TH CENTURY
KITTY HAWK AND AFTER
HISTORIC HEADLINES
WORLD WAR I AND AFTER
WORLD WAR II
AFTER WORLD WAR II
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
Airplane
HOW AN AIRPLANE FLIES
SUPERSONIC FLIGHT
AIRPLANE STRUCTURE
Wings
Tail Assembly
Landing Gear
Control Components
Instruments
PROPULSION
TYPES OF AIRPLANES
Land Planes
Carrier-Based Aircraft
Seaplanes
Amphibians
Vertical Takeoff and Landing Airplanes
Short Takeoff and Landing Airplanes
Space Shuttle
CLASSES OF AIRPLANES
Commercial Airplanes
Military Airplanes
General-Aviation Aircraft
HISTORY
The First Airplane Flight
Early Military and Public Interest
Planes of World War I
Development of Commercial Aviation
Aircraft Developments of World War II
The Jumbo Jet Era

Planes of World War I




WORLD WAR 1 PLANES - AIRCRAFTS OF WORLD WAR 1 (spitfire, fighter, Spad, Nieuport)

During World War I, the development of the airplane accelerated dramatically. European designers such as Louis Blériot and Dutch-American engineer Anthony Herman Fokker exploited basic concepts created by the Wrights and developed ever faster, more capable, and deadlier combat airplanes. Fokker’s biplanes, such as the D-VII and D-VIII flown by German pilots, were considered superior to their Allied competition. In 1915 Fokker mounted a machine gun with a timing gear so that the gun could fire between the rotating propellers. The resulting Fokker Eindecker monoplane fighter was, for a time, the most successful fighter in the skies. (WORLD WAR 1 PLANES - AIRCRAFTS OF WORLD WAR 1 - spitfire, fighter, Spad, Nieuport) The concentrated research and development made necessary by wartime pressures produced great progress in airplane design and construction. During World War I, outstanding early British fighters included the Sopwith Pup (1916) and the Sopwith Camel (1917), which flew as high as 5,800 m (19,000 ft) and had a top speed of 190 km/h (120 mph). Notable French fighters included the Spad (1916) and the Nieuport 28 (1918). By the end of World War I in 1918, both warring sides had fighters that could fly at altitudes of 7,600 m (25,000 ft) and speeds up to 250 km/h (155 mph). (WORLD WAR 1 PLANES - AIRCRAFTS OF WORLD WAR 1 - spitfire, fighter, Spad, Nieuport)



WORLD WAR 1 PLANES - AIRCRAFTS OF WORLD WAR 1 (spitfire, fighter, Spad, Nieuport)