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The Evolution of Planes From WWI-WWII
Transcript of The Evolution of Planes From WWI-WWII
WWI-WWII WWI Planes at A Glance Most common were Biplanes and Triplanes.
Early on were used mainly for recon missions.
Thin wooden or canvas skin
The new Interrupter Gear allowed machine guns to be mounted on the planes. The Interrupter Gear Developed by the Dutch aircraft designer Anthony Fokker during WWI
Turned the airplane from a sort of scout into a potent weapon.
Designed so that the gun only fires when the propeller is out of the way. WWI Pilots: The Famous and the Imfamous The Red Baron Eddie Rickenbacker Real name is Manfred von Richthonfen.
Born in Kleinburg on May 2nd 1892.
Died flying over Morlancourt Ridge, France on April 21st 1918.
During his career he shot and killed 80 enemy pilots.
Flew a red Fokker Dr. triplane Born in Columbus, Ohio on October 8th, 1890
Died on July 27, 1973
Had 26 verified aerial victories, an American record unbroken until WWII
Flew a SPAD XIII
World War II World War I Billy Mitchell Served during the first World War and eventually made it to the rank of Brigandier General.
Advocated the usefulness of the air plane in war.
Newer and Better Designs Single winged monoplane design used
Planes now more streamlined and aerodynamic
The use of metal skins made planes more resiliant to gun fire Popular Fighter Planes of WWII Messerschmitt Bf 109
German Supermarine Spitfire
British Focke-Wulf FW 190
German North American P-51 Mustang
"Cadillac of the sky" Yakovlev Yak-3
Soviet Mitsubishi A6M Zero
Japanese The Bombers Large multi-engine planes
Used heavily by both sides
Shifts from mainly bombing armies to bombing civilians