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Posted by David James Wall (U14752090) on Thursday, 15th December 2011
Thursday 15th December, 2011. GMT:1017
As far as I am aware the first discussions surrounding the development of 'anti - aircraft artillary' were within days of the first 'heavier than air' flight at 'Kittyhawk' in 1904. As far as I know the first real anti - aircraft gun was a remodelled 'FRENCH 75' used to defend Paris from air attack in 1917. What is the true historyof 'AAA'?
Posted by Vizzer aka U_numbers (U2011621) on Thursday, 15th December 2011
There was a Confederate observation hot-air balloon tethered to a tug-boat on the James River in Virginia between Richmond and Petersburg in 1862. During the Seven Days Battles that summer it's believed that Union artillery fire on the north bank of the river forced the tug to run onto a mud bank and be grounded. The balloon was captured.
The artillery pieces used were almost certainly 3-inch Ordnance Riles. Was this the first ever example of anti-aircraft artillery?
P.S. Despite this minor success the Union forces would nevertheless lose those Seven Days Battles.
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