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British Aircraft of World War One (Paperback)

A Photographic Guide to Modern Survivors, Replicas and Reproductions

Aviation > WWI P&S History > British History P&S History > By Century > 20th Century WWI

By Lee Chapman
Imprint: Key Publishing
Pages: 128
Illustrations: Over 160
ISBN: 9781802820003
Published: 2nd September 2022



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World War One took place just after the birth of powered flight, when aerial technology was still in its infancy. At the outbreak of war, the military potential of this novelty invention was not fully recognised until commanders began to use the aeroplane to see what the enemy was planning on the other side of the hill. During the course of the war, the role of the aeroplane evolved from a stable, lumbering observation platform to a more agile fighter, capable of shooting down another aircraft. In a bid to out-do the enemy, the ongoing arms race saw rapid developments in aeroplane technology, which led to an incredible array of ever-advancing aircraft seeing service during this time.

This book features a potted history of the British aircraft that were involved in World War One. It includes the frontline fighters, bombers and reconnaissance aircraft that contributed to the iconic events between 1914 and 1918. The story is supported by high-quality images of surviving, reproduction, replica and restored aircraft.

The second of Lee’s books is even better than the first! Of necessity he has included replicas and reproductions as well as survivors of the ‘Great War’ conflict. Once again there are many evocative photographs showing all the details that can normally be so hard to find unless you are able to visit and examine the real thing.

Aeromodeller February 2023

About Lee Chapman

Lee Chapman is a Staffordshire-based photographer who covers many aspects of photography but has a real passion for historic aviation. He has worked at several major UK air shows as a media photographer and reviewer for Airscene.com. His images have achieved numerous accolades and awards and his Lancaster Bomber image can be seen adorning the official Battle of Britain Memorial Flight merchandise. With over 15 years of experience as a lecturer in adult education, Lee also offers several photography workshops through his company, Chappers Photography, where he runs a range of photography courses including delivering the RAF Museum’s aviation photography training events.

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