The Flatpack Bombers: The Royal Navy and the Zeppelin Menace

The Flatpack Bombers: The Royal Navy and the Zeppelin Menace

Ian Gardiner

Our imaginative and prescient of aviation within the First international struggle is ruled via pictures of gallant fighter pilots dueling with one another excessive over the Western entrance. however it was once the specter of the Zeppelin which spurred the British executive into growing the Royal Flying Corps, and it used to be this ‘menace’, which no airplane may well fit within the air in the beginning of the conflict, which led Winston Churchill and the Royal military to set approximately bombing those airships at the flooring. hence in 1914, the Royal Naval Air provider, with their IKEA-style flat pack airplanes, pioneered strategic bombing. additionally, via its efforts to increase its amazing variety on the way to spoil Zeppelins of their domestic bases, the Royal army built the 1st actual plane carriers.

This booklet is the tale of these mostly forgotten very early bombing raids. It explains the army and historic heritage to the 1st British curiosity in army and naval aviation, and why it used to be that the army pursued lengthy distance bombing, whereas the military focused on reconnaissance. each bomber raid, and each plane service strike operation in view that, owes its genesis to these early naval flyers, and there are ghosts from 1914 which hang-out us nonetheless this day.

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