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Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
« Reply #165 on: August 02, 2022, 05:26:04 AM »
Aww man, that would've been such a cool buy!
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Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
« Reply #166 on: August 02, 2022, 12:58:35 PM »
Spithead Royal Review

Following a tradition dating back to the 14th century and as mobilization to war, First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill assembled Britain's Grand Fleet for review by King George V in the summer of 1914.  In what must then have been history's most grandiose flex of maritime muscle, hundreds of ships amassed, including: 55 Battleships, 4 Battle cruisers, 27 Cruisers, 28 Light cruisers, and 78 Destroyers.  Making this event extra special was the appearance of the RNAS armada of seventeen airplanes, including 9 Shorts, 7 Farmans, 2 Royal Aircraft Factory BE's, and a Sopwith Batboat.  Two airships also made an appearance.
(from the Boston Evening Transcript, 1 August 1914):




p.s. Kudos to the newspaper man who had the audacity to place the undertaker/embalmer advert alongside the military article.

p.p.s. History really comes alive today thanks to an attic hunter who, last year, discovered and digitized some forgotten film footage of the 1914 Fleet Review.  It features one of the Short seaplanes (S.41) taxiing around.  The action starts at the 13 sec. mark: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPgBszLCQb4


p.p.p.s. Here's an in-flight image of one of the Short hydroplanes at the Review from Flight, 24 July 1914):

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Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
« Reply #167 on: August 02, 2022, 10:27:17 PM »
U.S. Uses Nieuports
(from The Day, 2 August 1917):


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Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
« Reply #168 on: August 03, 2022, 11:03:23 PM »
"THIS IS SURE DEATH"! "Whirlpool of Battle"! "First Duel in the Clouds"!
Sensational headlines mix fiction with fact today - particularly of the famous Roland Garros' fiery death by ramming a Zeppelin. Garros did actually die in combat... one month before the war ended in 1918.
(respectively from the Seattle Star, the Washington Times, and the Daily Gate City, 3 August 1914):










p.s. Check our forum member przemoL's 1/72nd scale AZ Model build of Garros' 1915 Morane L: https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=5219.msg92785#msg92785
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Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
« Reply #169 on: August 05, 2022, 01:39:13 AM »
First Bomb Drop of War
One of the first mentions of aerial bombs being deployed.
(from the El Paso Herald, 4 August 1914):



Clearly the French were already at it too, though this contraption looks a bit dubious.
(from the Bridgeport Evening Farmer, 4 August 1914):

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« Reply #170 on: August 05, 2022, 11:45:47 PM »
And in this Corner...
Here's a brief synopsis of belligerents air power as of week one.
(from the Cairo Bulletin, 5 August 1914):




(and from the Watertown Weekly Leader (4 August 1914):

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« Reply #171 on: August 06, 2022, 07:48:18 PM »
Mystery Agent Claims Air Mastery
(from the Grand Forks Daily Herald, 6 August 1914):

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Airman's View Shared by Few
Taking a break from the sensationalist stories of the war's first week, this picturesque post describes the scenery still seen only by the smallest percentage of the population in those days.
(from the Evening Star, 7 August 1917)