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Sikorsky S-XVI (1915) was  the world's first escort fighter, designed to protect Ilya Muromets bombers.

Sikorsky S-XVI (1915) was the world's first escort fighter, designed to protect Ilya Muromets bombers.

Zeppelin-Lindau V.1

Zeppelin-Lindau V.1

World War 1 Facts #history

World War 1 Facts #history

Q 72898  Sergeant Smith of No. 49 Squadron RFC by an R.E.8 two-seat biplane.

Q 72898 Sergeant Smith of No. 49 Squadron RFC by an R.E.8 two-seat biplane.

The Phönix D.I was an Austro-Hungarian First World War biplane fighter built by the Phönix Flugzeug-Werke and based on the Hansa-Brandenburg D.I.

The Phönix D.I was an Austro-Hungarian First World War biplane fighter built by the Phönix Flugzeug-Werke and based on the Hansa-Brandenburg D.I.

Fokker D.I at Jagdstaffel 16, early 1917

Fokker D.I at Jagdstaffel 16, early 1917

During WWI, the lumbering Reconnaissance Experimental 8 was the most widely used British two-seater biplane on the Western Front. A descendant of the R.E.7, it was initially developed for reconnaissance work but also saw service as a bomber and ground attack aircraft. Nicknamed the "Harry Tate," after a well known music hall performer of the day, it provided a stable platform for photographic missions but suffered from poor maneuverability, leaving it vulnerable to attack by enemy fighters.

During WWI, the lumbering Reconnaissance Experimental 8 was the most widely used British two-seater biplane on the Western Front. A descendant of the R.E.7, it was initially developed for reconnaissance work but also saw service as a bomber and ground attack aircraft. Nicknamed the "Harry Tate," after a well known music hall performer of the day, it provided a stable platform for photographic missions but suffered from poor maneuverability, leaving it vulnerable to attack by enemy fighters.

Thunderbolts of the 62nd Fighter Squadron, 1943, based at RAF Horsham St Faith, Norfolk, England

Thunderbolts of the 62nd Fighter Squadron, 1943, based at RAF Horsham St Faith, Norfolk, England

Halberstadt D.II

Halberstadt D.II

WKF D single-seat fighter biplane. Serial number 8006B.

WKF D single-seat fighter biplane. Serial number 8006B.

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