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Early Days of World War I Aviation l Photos

These recently released Library of Congress photographs, part of the the George Grantham Bain Collection, show World War I aviation in its infancy. Military aviation has come a long way from the early days of World War I, when figuring out how not to shoot your airplane’s propeller off was the pressing question of the time. With the possibly transformational flight operations of the X-47B UCAS-D launching from and trapping aboard the USS George H.W. Bush, these photographs are a good reminder of just how far military aviation has come since World War I.


Steven Hoarn is the Editor/Photo Editor for Defense Media Network. He is a graduate of...