"In 1909 Louis Bleriot made history as the first man to fly across the English Channel. Five years later, when the war started, people realised that planes could be used for reconnaissance and eventually for carrying simple weapons to drop on enemy troops. Aircraft design changed dramatically throughout the course of the war and by 1916 aircraft like the Sopwith Triplane was in use. These planes were faster, could fly higher and were easier to manoeuvre in the air. The next generation of British aircraft had guns fitted. By the end of the war, planes were being used for communications, reconnaissance, for dropping supplies, dropping bombs and for air-to-air combat."

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World War One Centenary

"Key Stage 3 A useful introduction to how aircraft added a new dimension to warfare – from reconnaissance to combat. This material could be useful to inform discussion regarding the impact of aerial combat on the war and what contribution it might have made to the final outcome. "