By Ian Gardiner
Our imaginative and prescient of aviation within the First global conflict is ruled via photos of gallant fighter pilots dueling with one another excessive over the Western entrance. however it used to be the specter of the Zeppelin which spurred the British executive into growing the Royal Flying Corps, and it was once this ‘menace’, which no plane might fit within the air firstly of the warfare, which led Winston Churchill and the Royal army to set approximately bombing those airships at the flooring. therefore in 1914, the Royal Naval Air carrier, with their IKEA-style flat pack airplanes, pioneered strategic bombing. in addition, via its efforts to increase its impressive variety with a purpose to smash Zeppelins of their domestic bases, the Royal military built the 1st precise airplane carriers.
This publication is the tale of these principally forgotten very early bombing raids. It explains the army and ancient history to the 1st British curiosity in army and naval aviation, and why it was once that the military pursued lengthy distance bombing, whereas the military focused on reconnaissance. each bomber raid, and each airplane provider strike operation because, owes its genesis to these early naval flyers, and there are ghosts from 1914 which hang-out us nonetheless at the present time.