By Ian Gardiner
Our imaginative and prescient of aviation within the First global warfare is ruled by means of photographs of gallant fighter pilots dueling with one another excessive over the Western entrance. however it was once the specter of the Zeppelin which spurred the British govt into developing the Royal Flying Corps, and it was once this ‘menace’, which no airplane may possibly fit within the air before everything of the warfare, which led Winston Churchill and the Royal military to set approximately bombing those airships at the flooring. therefore in 1914, the Royal Naval Air provider, with their IKEA-style flat pack airplanes, pioneered strategic bombing. in addition, via its efforts to increase its notable variety with a view to damage Zeppelins of their domestic bases, the Royal military built the 1st real plane carriers.
This e-book is the tale of these mostly forgotten very early bombing raids. It explains the army and old history to the 1st British curiosity in army and naval aviation, and why it used to be that the military pursued lengthy distance bombing, whereas the military targeting reconnaissance. each bomber raid, and each airplane service strike operation considering, owes its genesis to these early naval flyers, and there are ghosts from 1914 which hang-out us nonetheless at the present time.