Introduced into combat in the last great German offensive of World War I, the CL IV supported German troops by attacking associated ground positions and it is equipped with both fixed and flexible machine guns, hand-dropped grenades and tiny bombs, the CL IV proved extraordinarily efficacious in this role, but it didn’t have the armor required for cover against ground fire.
The CL IV changed into a hunted target of associated pursuit squadrons, but it gave a good account of itself in dogfights. A flexible machine, the CL IV also performed as an interceptor against associated night bombing raids and served as a night bomber against troop concentrations and airports close to the front lines. Continue reading
When the US entered World War I, plans requested Yankee makers to mass produce aircraft already in use by the Allies. One of the wrestlers selected was the UK S.E.5A, designed by the Royal Aircraft Factory.
The prototype S.E.5 first fly in December 1916, and the deliveries of an improved version, the S.E.5A, which was started in March 1917.
For its pilots already in Europe, the North American Expeditionary Force purchased 38 S.E.5A aircraft from Great Britain, and in the U. S. the Govt placed orders with the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motors Company. Continue reading
entered WWI in Apr 1917, the Aviation Section of the Signal Corps only had 132 aircraft, all outdated. Modeled from a combat tested Brit De Havilland design, the DH-4 was the sole U.S. Built aircraft to see combat during WWI. With insufficient funding to purchase new aircraft, the recently created U.S. Military Air Service continued to use the DH-4 in a number of roles in the lean years following the war. When it was ultimately retired from service in 1932, the DH-4 had been developed into over sixty variants. Continue reading