Aircraft
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Aircraft

After the Wright brothers achieved lift with the aid of a propeller driven by a combustion engine and thus in 1903 completed the first powered flight, most industrial nations saw rapid improvements taking place in the technical reliability, endurance and range of airplanes. France, as the leading European aircraft builder, possessed 100 military planes as early as 1911, while Germany had only begun training military pilots in 1910 on planes purchased from private owners. The Prussian Gen…

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Schmidt, Wolfgang, “Aircraft”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 29 May 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0004>
First published online: 2015



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