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Subject: WWI aviation, an illustrated overview   PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 4:54 pm Reply with quote

Sharing a fun link - the main site is a trove of well layed out and well illustrated info;
http://www.wwiaviation.com/toc.html

I liked the articles on Balloons, camouflage and experimental aircraft. Also, the aircraft profile galleries by nation are incredibly deep.

Fun fact #1: I hadn't realized that they had motorized winches to quickly take down an observation balloon (in under 60 seconds!) when attacked, and that pilots generally didn't go after them below 1000 feet due to murderous AA and long range machine guns placed nearby to defend the balloons. Cool!

Fun fact #2: German work on low-drag "UFO type" aircraft started in WW1! The DFW T28 Floh (Flea) was designed by Hermann Dorner- the intent was to create a high speed fighter by eliminating drag.
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Subject:    PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 7:14 pm Reply with quote

Cool site, thanks for posting it!
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