Humanity's aeronautical ambitions assumed an entirely new scope when aircraft were introduced to military warfare, taking battles into the third dimension and forever changing the way wars were fought. As a result, aviation technology underwent a dramatic transformation-one so powerful that during World War I, aircraft production exploded and aircraft speed, distance, and load capacity more than doubled.
Justin D. Murphy, Ph.D., is professor of history and director of the Douglas MacArthur Academy of Freedom Honors Program at Howard Payne University, Brownwood, TX. He is the co-author of ABC-CLIO's Military Aircraft, 1919-1945 and Military Aircraft in the Jet Age.
"This is a very useful book, both for understanding the early efforts at flight and also for gleaning information on specific early military aircraft." - Air Power History