29 Nov '17, 8pm

The World's First Independent Air Force

One hundred years ago, King George V authorised the creation of a new branch of the British military. It was formed in response to the growing role of airpower in warfare, and created by merging the aviation branches of the Royal Navy and British Army together into a single service, the Royal Air Force. The use of aviation in warfare evolved rapidly during the First World War. What started off as a tool used solely for reconnaissance, quickly changed and adapted into new roles. Fighter aircraft were developed to shoot down enemy reconnaissance aircraft and other aircraft were adapted drop bombs on the enemy. Across both sides the aviation branches of the Allies and Central Powers swelled and expanded and quickly employed new technologies. Yet warfare didn’t just impact the war in the trenches, it also bought the war to the Home Front. Prior to the First World War the Germa...

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