A-10 Thunderbolt II by Dana Bell

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NTQFDS ©/@QHR I However, aircraft designed specifically for civil aviation soon replaced wartime types. These grew in numbers and sophistication and by the 1930s, large luxurious biplanes, sleek new monoplanes and colossal airships and flying boats were regularly criss-crossing the world along a network of air routes run by efficient airlines. Designers worked to build better performing aircraft which set new records for distance, speed and altitude. Air races attracted large crowds and record-breaking flights – and the pilots who made them – continued to capture the public’s imagination.

The war became a battle for production as well as a battle for control of the skies. It was a war that the Allies won convincingly. For example, Britain made 55,092 airframes during the conflict, whilst France made 51,700 and Germany just 38,000. The Allies took a conservative approach to aircraft design and construction materials. Their aeroplanes were largely woodenframed, fabric-covered biplanes strengthened with struts and wires. More powerful and reliable engines gave improved performance. Firepower was increased with the addition of more machine-guns or by building bigger machines capable of carrying greater bomb loads.

These grew in numbers and sophistication and by the 1930s, large luxurious biplanes, sleek new monoplanes and colossal airships and flying boats were regularly criss-crossing the world along a network of air routes run by efficient airlines. Designers worked to build better performing aircraft which set new records for distance, speed and altitude. Air races attracted large crowds and record-breaking flights – and the pilots who made them – continued to capture the public’s imagination. The Schneider Trophy race, a competition for seaplanes, was won by France in 1913 with an average speed of 74 kilometres per hour (46 miles per hour).

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