BC: The first pilots went aloft unarmed, even after the war broke out. after that, they started taking hard carried bombs, and then carrying pistols and other firearms to fire at other aircraft, after all, if the enemy pilots could be deterred from overflying friendly lines, then troop disposition, preparations to attack, supply depots and much more could be kept hidden, increasing the fog of war and general uncertainty for the other side. Some aircrafts had two crew members- a pilot and a navigator it was the navigator who might stand up in his seat or hold to the trailing edge of the top wing and fire off a couple of rounds of his gun.
FC: WW1 Aircrafts by:Donald Horton &Skyler Seals
1: Types of Aircrafts in WW1 | Curtiss H-16 Curtiss JN-16 Curtiss N-9 Fairy Campania Felixstowe F.2A Packard Le Per'e Lusac II Standard E-1 Thomas Morse S.4
3: Fighter PLANES During WW1, planes were armed with machine guns and werenít very accurate or effective, but everybody used them. Towards the end of the war they built bomber planes that could hold two to three bombs each. So, to have any effect they had to build a lot of these types of planes. There were about 70 different types of planes used during the war. Some of these are the Aviatik D.l, 5 different types of Junkers, Fokker E.L, Martinsyde G.100, and the Curtiss | Air Ships Later in the war zeppelins were used by Germany to do most of the attacking. The Germans would have huge fleets and at night they would attack London with them. But zeppelins werenít always used for attacking. They were used for transpiration too. After world WW1 there was a famous zeppelin called the Hindenburg. The Hindenburg was a huge zeppelin that carried several hundred people but unfortunately it exploded and crashed. There were very few survivors. This resulted in the end of these large airships being used for passenger service. There was also one type of trainer plane that the US invented and let itís allies use it. It was called the Curtiss JN-4
4: The first military aircraft were, by definition, reconnaissance aircraft. Their only mission was to fly over military lines to take photographs and to do anything else they could to assess and report on enemy dispositions. the battle of the Marne was a near run thing for the allied lines. This aviators reports were what allowed the allies to rapidly move troops to plug the hole to stave off complete defeat just a few weeks after the beginning of ww1