By Ian Gardiner
Our imaginative and prescient of aviation within the First international conflict is ruled via pictures 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 growing the Royal Flying Corps, and it used to be this ‘menace’, which no plane may fit within the air firstly of the conflict, which led Winston Churchill and the Royal army to set approximately bombing those airships at the floor. hence in 1914, the Royal Naval Air provider, with their IKEA-style flat pack airplanes, pioneered strategic bombing. furthermore, via its efforts to increase its notable diversity so one can wreck Zeppelins of their domestic bases, the Royal army built the 1st actual airplane carriers.
This publication is the tale of these principally forgotten very early bombing raids. It explains the army and ancient 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 focused on reconnaissance. each bomber raid, and each airplane provider 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.