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

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

July 17, 1914: First flight of the Vickers F.B.5 (Fighting Biplane 5) (known as the "Gunbus"), British two-seat pusher WWI military biplane, first aircraft purpose-built for air-to-air combat to see service, making it the world's first operational fighter aircraft

July First flight of the Vickers (Fighting Biplane (known as the "Gunbus"), British two-seat pusher WWI military biplane, first aircraft purpose-built for air-to-air combat to see service, making it the world's first operational fighter aircraft

Red Army Sopwith Triplane fighter - Civil War in Russia 1917-1920

Red Army Sopwith Triplane fighter - Civil War in Russia

Gotha G.V German bomber.

Gotha G.V German bomber.

HALBERSTADT CLS.II - Deutsche Luftstreitkräfte (Two Seat Escort Fighter, Ground Attack Biplane) Had a Max Speed of 103 mph at 16,400' with an Endurance of 3 Hours and a Ceilling of 16,600'. Armament: 1 x Fixed 7.92mm “Spandau” Machine Gun, Synchonized, 1 x Flexible 7.62 Parabellum MG14 Maching Gun on Ring Mount for Observer, 10 Stick Grenades and up to 5 x 22 lbs Wurfgranaten 15 Trench Mortar Fragmentation Bombs.

Halberstadt CL II two-seater: entering service in August it was a successful design with comparable speed to opposing Allied fighters. It served until the end of the war.

A fighter capable of mounting a cannon was suggested by Georges Guynemer at the end of 1916. By raising the propeller above the cylinder heads, a 37mm Puteaux cannon with a shortened barrel was adapted to fire through the aircraft's hollow propeller shaft. The airframe of the SPAD XII was based on the smaller SPAD VII. In the cockpit, Deperdussin elevator and aileron controls were mounted on either side of the pilot because the cannon breech was between his legs.

the specifications and history of world war one France French aircraft

Friedrichshafen FF.33 two-seat fighter seaplane.

Friedrichshafen two-seat fighter seaplane.

BRITISH AIRCRAFT FIRST WORLD WAR (Q 67981)   Sopwith 7.F.1 Snipe single seat fighter biplane, two bay version.

Q Sopwith Snipe single seat fighter biplane two bay version.

FRENCH AIRCRAFT OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR 1914 - Voisin Biplane, two-seat reconnaissance aircraft or night bomber.1918

Voisin Biplane, two-seat reconnaissance aircraft or night bomber.

Sopwith Dophin - a fine if unusual 'back staggered' 1918 fighter aircraft, but it used a French Hispano Suiza engine already in heavy demand for the SPAD XIII: only 4 Squadrons were ever equipped with it.

The Sopwith Dolphin was a British fighter aircraft manufactured by the Sopwith Aviation Company. It was used by the Royal Flying Corps and its successor, the Royal Air Force, during the First World War.

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

Mann Egerton Type H single seat shipboard fighter biplane.

GERMAN AIRCRAFT FIRST WORLD WAR (Q 66314)   DFW R.III heavy bomber plane.

GERMAN AIRCRAFT FIRST WORLD WAR (Q 66314) DFW R.III heavy bomber plane.

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