French Aircraft of the First World War
Only ten years after the Wright brothers' first flight, the aeroplane was to be developed as a military weapon. Much of the prewar development of the ... Show synopsis Only ten years after the Wright brothers' first flight, the aeroplane was to be developed as a military weapon. Much of the prewar development of the aeroplane took place in France and this momentum was to continue throughout the Great War. British aircraft were to be dependent on French engines for much of the period. This volume provides a history of French military and naval aviation during the years 1914-18, and then details the development and, where appropriate, the in-service histories of every type of French aeroplane - trainers, fighting scouts, bombers and naval aircraft. Nearly 500 types of aircraft are dealt with, from the well-known Bleriots, Breguets, Caudrons, Farmans, Neurports and Spads to such little-known types as the Galvin floatplane fighter, the LAF flying boat and the L>D>Ca 2. Aircraft of non-French design which are covered, including the Sopwith 1 Strutter and Caproni bombers. Over 200 aircraft are covered, and these include, for instance, 15 Bleriots, 35 Farmans, 47 Nieuports and 29 Spads.