Throughout World War II the US used airplanes in many different ways. Some were used to carry troops and supplies, some were used as bombers, and some were used to attack directly. The P-51 Mustang, the Boeing P-17 Flying Fortress, and the Martin B-26 Marauder are just a few examples of these. Even though each plane had a different job, they all came together to help win the war.
World War One was when technology started to modernize weaponry and warfare. One of the modernized weaponry that they used in World War One was airplanes. Airplanes were a turning point in warfare because it allowed them to attack from the skies. There were many different types of airplanes used in World War One but I chose one classic to talk about. Three most used classics during the war are the Sopwith Camel Biplanes, the Gotha G V, and the Bristol Type Twenty-Two. I chose to talk about the Sopwith Camel Biplanes.
“Never before had so much brain-power been focused on a single problem.”(Laurence qtd. in “Eyewitness”). Many inventions can be said to have changed the world, and the way it worked. Only a core few of these many inventions can be said to change air warfare, and few of those are as game-changing as the B-29 Superfortress by Boeing. The B-29 was the plane that dropped the atomic bombs in World War Two (“bomber”). The plane by Boeing was used most in World War Two as a strategic long-range bomber. This invention revolutionized the concept of war, and war is a factor in all life on planet earth. The B-29 bomber changed warfare by sparking the innovation of aircraft technology, saving lives, and allowing more power to be carried by the means
World War I was the first conflict in which airplanes were so greatly utilized and played significant roles. The military’s flying machines were first used mostly for reconnaissance, but soon made into offensive weapons (Greatest). Aircrafts were relatively simple and not very maneuverable; but at the same time, anti-aircraft technology was not highly developed. During the years 1914 to 1918, dramatic improvements were made to the structures of airplanes, as well as in control and propulsion systems. Great advancements were being made in the field of aerodynamics (Greatest). World War I required planes to be built for higher speeds, higher altitudes, and greater maneuverability. Aircraft were now being constructed to complete various tasks. The most common types being produced were bombers, fighters, and reconnaissance (Brinkley 689). The major powers were competing for control over the skies, and by countering one another, technology progressed one step at a time.
The introduction of aircraft had begun a new era in warfare. No longer were military powers limited to the boundaries of vehicles that were restricted to land. The evolution of aircraft technology helped pioneer a new type of combat strategy that played a significant role in determining the outcome of a battle. Air combat also influenced the economies of the participating countries. The whole cycle of airplanes from the assembly line to the pilot became factors that added up to become an advantage or disadvantage.
Ships were also revolutionized during the World War II era. Naval technology was very poor at the time, but once radar technology was developed, navigation and detection was made much easier for submarine and ship pilots. The invention of radar was still very new — being developed only 2 years prior to the start of World War II. Hours of experimentation and development were poured into enhancing radar technology so that the allied forces could better combat the Nazi fleet. Aircrafts were also made more advanced during World War II. Aviation in general was very new at the time, so optimizing what basic aircrafts we had at the time for battle (by equipping them with guns and bombs) was a challenging feat. Considering the first powered flight had taken place only in 1903, only 40 years before
The First World War was monumental in history because of all the new technology that was introduced. One particular area that developed during the Great War was the use of airplanes by the German and Allied militaries. In comparison, they both had different mentalities towards an invention that was only made successful less than a decade before the outbreak of war in 1914 by the Wright Brothers in North Carolina, United States. The German Military welcomed the idea with open arms, investing in its potential for military uses, whereas the Allies remained reserved and hesitant, claiming that aircraft could not be used for anything more offensive than reconnaissance missions. These differences in opinions later affected the development of each air force. The German military kept making monthly improvements to their equipment whereas the allied pilots were slow in their respective air forces evolution. However, there was a common progression that both militaries had which was the slow phasing out of the cavalry on either side due to the effectiveness of the aircrafts reconnaissance capabilities. During the World War One, the German military took advantage of the new technology available to them, which gave significant results, whereas the Allies had a more traditional mindset for the beginning of the conflict.
The battle field of World War 2 was filled with gunfire, tanks shooting missiles, and allies dropping like flies. Suddenly, something from the sky drops a bomb, and other flying machines from the sky start firing bullets at the enemy. Finally, the battle is over, the fighting is over, finally you get to go home. Air crafts majorly affected World War Two. The three main types of planes used were warplanes, bombers, and cargo planes. Throughout World War Two many battles were fought, some of these battles on the ground, some verbally, and many raged in the sky. The Air crafts of World War 2 majorly influenced who had the upper hand and tactical advantage. When one army outranked another with air crafts they could easily win a war.
The p 51 mustang can shoot long range. The fastest it can drive to is 437. There altitude is about 15,000 feet. The p 51 was a main role in world war 2. All these places own the p 51 mustang. All these planes have or had owned the p 51 mustang. The first flight of the p 51 mustang was october 26 1940. There are more than 15,00 p 51 mustangs in the world.
Airplanes have become very popular ever since Charles Lindbergh made the first nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927. Airplanes were used during World War I in dog fights. Dog fights were battles where to fighter planes fought in the air. Dog fights were popular during World War I but not as popular during World War II although they still did occur. Airplanes are always being improved and developed in size, structure, and power. Aircraft strength and power had increased over the years. There are now more powerful bombers, faster fighters, and a lot of it has to do with the fact that this time period is also known as the jet age. Hence the use of jet engines in airplanes. In World War II it was recorded that "aircraft strength went from 1,741 on hand to an authorized level of 15,000” (Lawson and Tillman 13). During World War II there were many improvements made to the
Airplanes resulted in many unnecessary deaths, because of dogfights and being shot down from land. Majority of airmen died due to this and not being equipped with parachutes. Early war planes were used to locate artillery and troops, or as supply lines. The Germans were first to arm their planes with machine guns able to fire forward without damaging the propellers, followed by the Allies. War planes greatly effected battle, adding another dimension to an already deadly encounter resulting in a great number of
World war I was deadly on the ground and at sea, but one thing you forget is the battle in the air where they would get shot by anyone. Planes are new at this time they were invented 11 years before hand. At the beginning of the war planes were canvas and wood at the end of the war, they were melted and wood with machine guns. Pilots lived only for a couple weeks before they caught fire or got shot down. Planes at this time only went100 mph and only went 10 miles over enemy territory and best of all there were no parachutes so when you got shot down.
The first time aircrafts are seen playing major roles in World War II Germany and Japan had begun to attack the nation. Germany and Japan began their initial attacks strong with air strikes, first attacking Holland, Denver, France, and England. When the British retaliated, they had cutting-edge fighters guided by radar. The Battle for Britain was one of the first battles fought solely in the air, keeping Germany from taking control of Britain’s airways. Japan also began its attack on the U.S via air strike during in the Japanese surprise bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Soon the use of military aircrafts began to technologically advance due to their importance. Aircrafts took part in World War I, but had minor affect in the outcome. However, during World War II they were plausibly the greatest weaponry system available. The airplane specifically became a vital machine that vastly affected the way many battles were lost and won. Another vital war machine is the aircraft carrier, essential to the United States after the majority of its battleships were destroyed at Pearl Harbor. Airplanes played a major role in the outcome of the war. From reconnaissance, fighters, to bombing missions without the help of airplanes the achievements, and advancements of the aircrafts and military missions would have inhibited us from constructing the modern technologies that are used today.
During the first of the many days of World War I, the pilots were considered the “eyes of the army” (Feltus 1). They were used mainly to scout enemy positions, and then report the whereabouts of the enemy to the army. However, these aircrafts started out as slow and proved as easy targets for the enemy and the advanced anti-aircraft weapons, and there was a massive loss of life as a result of this (Wilkin 4). One monumental event that occurred during the Second World War, was when the British Royal Air Force conducted a bombing of Berlin, and thus Germany had fallen back multiple weeks in planning their highly effective and dangerous rocket programs (Bailey 133). The raid of the German capital city was a decisive event in World War II, and allowed the Allies to get the edge over the Axis powers. Although reconnaissance and bomber pilots were extremely important, fighter pilots had a more cataclysmic effect on the war. As almost all pilots grew tired of using pistols to shoot at enemy planes while having to fly, they wanted an easier and more effective way to both fly and take down an opposing plane. Then, on one day in 1915, the Germans captured the plane of French aviator Roland Garros, and since Garros had innovatively built a machine gun that fired in between the spinning of his propellers, the German army sent the plane to the Fokker plane factory and the design was copied. After the Germans got their hands on Garros’