BRITISH AIRCRAFT OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR 1914-1918 ... the life expectancy of combat  pilots was 3 weeks or 60 - 65 hours of flying time.  The pilots flew flimsy motorized vehicles made of thin strips of wood, linen cloth and wire!  There were NO parachutes ~ pilots were issued a hand gun!  Also, planes could easily flip over or catch fire on landing.

BRITISH AIRCRAFT OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR 1914-1918 ... the life expectancy of combat pilots was 3 weeks or 60 - 65 hours of flying time. The pilots flew flimsy motorized vehicles made of thin strips of wood, linen cloth and wire! There were NO parachutes ~ pilots were issued a hand gun! Also, planes could easily flip over or catch fire on landing.

GERMAN FIRST WORLD WAR AIRCRAFT (Q 48895)   Fokker E 111 Monoplane, 100 hp Oberursel engine, captured aircraft at Pau.

GERMAN FIRST WORLD WAR AIRCRAFT (Q 48895) Fokker E 111 Monoplane, 100 hp Oberursel engine, captured aircraft at Pau.

BRITISH AIRCRAFT FIRST WORLD WAR 1914-1918 (Q 67512) Sopwith 5F.1 Dolphin single-seat fighter biplane. Used for ground attack and high-altitude offensive patrols

BRITISH AIRCRAFT FIRST WORLD WAR 1914-1918 (Q 67512) Sopwith 5F.1 Dolphin single-seat fighter biplane. Used for ground attack and high-altitude offensive patrols

British Handley Page bomber  | ... of aircraft showing a handley page 0 400 bomber in service WWI

British Handley Page bomber | ... of aircraft showing a handley page 0 400 bomber in service WWI

GERMAN AIRCRAFT OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR

GERMAN AIRCRAFT OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR

Q 68263  B.E.12b single-seat general purpose biplane. Used for Home Defence duties.

Q 68263 B.E.12b single-seat general purpose biplane. Used for Home Defence duties.

BRITISH AIRCRAFT FIRST WORLD WAR (Q 67973) Mann Egerton Type H (H.1) single seat shipboard fighter biplane.

BRITISH AIRCRAFT FIRST WORLD WAR (Q 67973) Mann Egerton Type H (H.1) single seat shipboard fighter biplane.

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