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By James L. Stokesbury

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 adjustments in expertise, strategies, and attitudes towards using air energy.

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The French passed it over to the Americans, who were in the war by the time it arrived, and they, not knowing anything better, used it to some effect to the end of the war. But the sesquiplanes, or "Vee-strutters" as they were often called, sesquiplanes; that allowed the Allies to regain at least parity in the air. Everyone liked them, and they were used, and in some cases license-built, by the French themselves, the British, the Italians, the Belgians, 49 and the A SHORT HISTORY OF AIR POWER Russians.

Ten days later he was dead; he had taken a passenger in a flight over Paris, the plane flipped over in a tight man was turn, neither strapped in, and both fell to their deaths. The Zeppelin raids continued. Meanwhile, a strange and long-playing drama was taking place in October 1914 the Royal Navy had chased the German Africa. In early light cruiser Konigsberg into the mouth of the Rufiji River in German East Africa, and, having bottled her up there in the midst of un- counted and unknown channels, could neither get The at her nor dared and they comandeered a leaky Curtiss flying boat and its pilot in Durban.

The British claimed their Brought down is first enemy plane brought when Lieu- the operative term, for tenant H. D. Harvey-Kelly led a three-plane flight of No. 2 Squadron aloft that day, they were all unarmed. Harvey-Kelly spotted a single German plane off in the distance, far below, and dove on him; his two wingmen followed him down. By good luck as much as good management, Harvey-Kelly ended up just above the German, and his lowers took station to either side of him. lower and lower until the ground.

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