First flight of the Wright Flyer I, December 17, 1903. Orville Wright pilots, as Wilbur runs at wingtip.


1911 really though it was the usage that is first of as tools in war here had of course been previous tests and prototypes How likely was it to accidentally hit the propeller with a round ...



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  • 1911 actually though this was the first usage of them as weapons in war there had of course been earlier tests and prototypes
  • How likely was it to accidentally hit the propeller with a round from the gun there?
  • It was actually a very large problem, and they spent a lot of time trying to figure out a solution, until Fokker came up with the synchronization gear.
  • Well initially they just screwed a metal wedge into the prop that would deflect the bullets, that had to be unnerving as hell.
  • Yeah, most pilots in the early stages in the war just shot each other with pistols or rifles.
  • Airplane drive by
  • And that picture of a rig with 10 pistols connected to a single trigger for the rear gunner.
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aviation_in_World_War_I#The_dawn_of_air_combat As Dickson had predicted, initially air combat was extremely rare, and definitely subordinate to reconnaissance. There are even stories of the crew of rival reconnaissance aircraft exchanging nothing more belligerent than smiles and waves.[10] This soon progressed to throwing grenades, and other objects - even grappling hooks. [12] The first aircraft brought down by another was an Austrian reconnaissance aircraft rammed on 8 September 1914 by Russian pilot Pyotr Nesterov in Galicia in the Eastern Front. Both planes crashed as the result of the attack killing all occupants. Eventually pilots began firing handheld firearms at enemy aircraft ,[10] however pistols were too inaccurate and the single shot rifles too unlikely to score a hit. On October 5, 1914, French pilot Louis Quenault opened fire on a German aircraft with a machine gun for the first time and the era of air combat was under way as more and more aircraft were fitted with machine guns. Air to air grappling hook / grenade tossing battles. Would have been quite the sight to see.
  • Cheers, you seem like a cool person for doing that for me
  • Thanks dude. I was curious too, now we're both smarter!
  • That's like some hsit for a cartoon. I get a great mental image of cunts lobbing grenades at each other as they fly past.
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