This is a bundle of 2 highly animated, power point presentations on World War I - The Air War. Both presentations together number 49 slides. Each of the presentation slides are editable so you can change them to fit your individual needs.
When Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated on the June 28, 1914, it was just over a decade since the Wright brothers first 12 second flight at Kittyhawk. In the intervening years advances in range and reliability proved that the airplane was a viable, if still somewhat exotic, means of transport.
In 1909, Bleriot made the first flight across the English Channel. In 1913, Roland Garros made the first cross Mediterranean flight, from the south of France to Tunisia. If in 1914 there were few generals who viewed aircraft as anything more than a tool for observation and reconnaissance (and many of them had great reservation even to that use) by the end of the war both sides were integrating aircraft as a key part of their planned strategies.
While the plane did not play the decisive role that it was to play in later conflicts, World War I proved their capabilities. During this period that the key tasks that aircraft could perform were discovered, experimented with, and refined: Observation and reconnaissance, Tactical and strategic bombing, Ground attack, and Naval warfare.
With the growing importance and influence of aircraft came the need to control the air, and thus the fighter was born.
Power point #1 is entitled, World War I - War in the Air and contains 19 slides and covers the following:
France’s Aircraft Issues
Hanley Page 0/400
Early Military Aviation
Allies New Fighters
Italians Drop Grenades
“The Red Baron”
“Pusher” Aircraft Design
“Tractor” Aircraft Design
Rotary Engine Design
Integrating Aircraft Into War
Future of Aviation War
End of Presentation
The First World War introduced a new form of battleground: aerial conflict. New aircraft technology was quickly and relentlessly developed to produce machines capable of serving each country initially in reconnaissance missions (ideal in conditions of trench warfare) and later in fighter and bombing raids.
The air war threw up a new breed of fighter, and in general the Allied and Central Powers' governments proved quick in exploiting the successes of their airmen for propaganda purposes. The 'Red Baron', Manfred von Richthofen, scored the highest number of victories of the war, although Frenchman Rene Fonck was the highest scorer to survive the war. The Pioneering ‘ace,’ was Oswald Boelcke one of the first true fighter pilots of World War I and helped develop the fundamentals of aerial combat.
The following slides lists the top performing ‘aces’, based on a minimum 40 credited kills in descending order.
Power point #2 is entitled, World War I - Flying Aces and contains 30 slides and covers the following:
Britain & U. S. Recognition
Counting the “Kills”
Introducing the Aces
Manfred von Richthofen
Edward “Mick” Mannock
James McCudden Beauchamp-Proctor
Top Aces With “Kill” Number
End of Presentation
This is one of many bundled power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading....World War I.