Military aviation of the first world war the aces of the allies and the central powers alan c wood alan sutton on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers this beautifully illustrated book provides details of every power that took part in military aircraft activity during the first world war the war was a global conflict with 57 nations involved but with aviation being in its . World war i was the first major conflict involving the large scale use of aircrafttethered observation balloons had already been employed in several wars and would be used extensively for artillery spotting germany employed zeppelins for reconnaissance over the north sea and baltic and also for strategic bombing raids over britain and the eastern front . World war i military aircraft a vickers fb5 gunbus the first production aircraft purpose built with air to air weaponry the gunbus was configured as a pusher the propeller was located behind the engine as engineers had not yet developed a synchronizing device that would allow a machine guns bullets to pass between the blades of a . Many aircraft types emerged from the fighting scouts night bombers night fighters ground attack and these served to pave the way for new post war aircraft that followed there are a total of 219 world war 1 aircraft 1914 1918 in the military factory entries are listed below in alphanumeric order 1 to z
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