World War One Airplanes

World War One Airplanes

During World War One, the role of airplanes and how they
were used changed greatly. At first planes were only used
for sport, but people started realize that not only could
airplanes be useful but they could even influence an outcome
of the war greatly. Soon the war was filled with blimps,
planes, and tethered balloons. By the end of the war,
planes became a symbol of fear, but they were not always
treated with such respect.
In the time leading up to the war, the general
feeling about planes was, they were a sneaky, unfair tactic
that should not be used in warfare. During The 1899 Hague
Peace Conference it was put on record that the dropping or
shooting of any projectiles or explosives from the air
during a time of war was forbidden and was considered a
crime of war. It was also decided that airplanes could only
be used for reconnaissance or spying missions. (Villard-227)
?The airplane may be all very well for sport, but for the
army it is useless? (Quoted in Villard-227) Even by the
beginning of the war in 1912, the use of planes in war was
still prohibited

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