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The History of Aerial Flight

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On August 17th, 1917, General Jan Christian Smuts, of the Royal Flying Corps, captured the significance that aeroplanes would play not just as an auxiliary force, but a new form of warfare:
There is absolutely no limit to the scale of its future independent war use. And the day may not be far off when aerial operations with their devastation of enemy lands and destruction of industries and populous centres on a vast scale may become one of the principal operations of war, to which the older forms of military and naval operations may become secondary and subordinate.
It was upon this recommendation in a report written to the Air Ministry and the Air Staff to combine the two fronts of Britain’s aerial presence, to create a single independent military branch, the Royal Air Force. On April 1st, 1918 the Royal Air Force was formed by an Act of Parliament, and would be the only thing that stood between them and the Nazi Luftwaffe.
The history of aerial flight is often looked at from the perspective of the great moments, from the first flight of the Wright Brothers in 1903, to the Battle of Britain, but many less than stellar moments have perhaps shaped the formation of aviation in ways that may have been overlooked. Heavier-than-air flight, as it were, was in its infancy of development in Britain, due to stringent financials and unwilling risk takers. For instance, the Wright Brothers were turned away from England because the Treasury was unwilling to financially back the
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