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World Aviation in 1916
The German Air Service’s Kampfgeschwader I is equipped with Gotha IV bombers.
Details of the Scarff-Dibovski machine-gun synchronisation mechanism are sent from Russia to the United Kingdom. This design forms the basis for the synchronisation system later fitted successfully to the Sopwith 1½ Strutter and other allied fighter aircraft.
German fighter aces Max Immelman and Oswald Boelcke become the first two pilots to receive Germany’s highest award for bravery, the Pour le Mérite. By the summer of the same year, Immelmann had been killed and Boelcke is Germany’s leading ace.
Zeppelin LZ54 (L19) is shot down by British aircraft over the North Sea.
German fighter ace Max Immelman takes to the air in a Fokker EIV fitted with three synchronised machine guns.
German airline Deutsche Luft Reederei flies the first service (for freight only) between Berlin and Weimar.
Austrian physicist Ernst Mach, remembered for his research into aerodynamics and the speed of sound, dies aged 77.
Zeppelin LZ47 is attacked and destroyed during a raid.
The Japanese Naval Air Corps is established.
Zeppelin LZ48 is brought down by anti-aircraft gunfire over England.
Escadrille Americaine, a squadron in the French Air Force composed of American volunteers, is formed and the unit is later renamed Lafayette Escadrille on 6 December.
The German Schutte-Lanz airship crashes near Gotland.
Zeppelin LZ32 is shot down and destroyed by British naval gunfire.
The French Air Force places an order for 268 Spad VII fighters.
Lieutenant Kiffin Rockwell of the Escadrille Americaine, becomes the first American pilot to shoot down an enemy aircraft.
Oberleutnant Max Immelman ,’The Eagle of Lille’, is killed in combat with 2nd Lieutenant G.R. McCubbin of No.25 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps (RFC).
H.Clyde Balsley of the Lafayette Escadrille, becomes the first American pilot to be shot down, but although wounded, he survives the engagement.
Victor Emmanuel Chapman of the Lafayette Escadrille, becomes the first American pilot to be killed in action.
The Russian Aviation Experimental Bureau (RIB) is established at the Moscow Higher Technical School.
Pacific Aero Products is founded by William E. Boeing.
The German airship Schutte-Lanz SL11 is shot down over London, losing the entire crew.
French fighter pilot Rene Paul Fonck claims his first victory by forcing down a German Rumpler biplane.
The Wright Martin Aircraft Corporation is formed in the USA after a merger of the Wright and Glenn Martin companies.
The Brazilian Naval Aviation School is established.
The United States Naval Flying Corps is established.
The French Spad VII fighter is introduced on the Western Front. Eventually operated by the air forces of eleven nations, the Spad is a major factor in the winning of air superiority for the allies.
Two aircraft transmit and receive radio signals over a distance of over 2 miles at San Diego in California.
German Schutte-Lanz airship SL11 is destroyed to the north of London by a BE2c flown by Lieutenant W. Leefe-Robinson. Leefe-Robinson wins a Victoria Cross for the feat, while attacking airship crews suffer serious demoralisation.
A Hewitt-Sperry radio-controlled flying bomb is tested in America. Powered by a 29kW (10 horse-power) engine it carries a payload of 140 kilos (308 pounds) of explosives up to 80 kilometres (50 miles).
Austrian Lohner flying-boat sinks the French submarine Foucault.
Zeppelins LZ31 (L6) and LZ36 (L9) are destroyed by fire in their shed at Fuhlsbuttel.
The German Albatros DI fighter enters service on the Western Front.
Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen, flying an Albatros DII, is credited with his first combat victory, a British Royal Aircraft Factory FE2b of No.11 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps (RFC).
A German LVG biplane becomes the first victim of a Sopwith Pup fighter.
Hauptmann Rudolf Berthold, one of Germany’s highest-rated fighter pilots during the First World War One, receives the Pour le Mérite. He achieves 44 air victories before being injured in 1918, when his Fokker DVII collides with an enemy aircraft and crashes into a house.
Zeppelin LZ72 (L31) is shot down over Potter’s Bar, killing Heinrich Mathy, Germany’s foremost airship captain.
A forced landing wrecks Zeppelin LZ39.
German ace, Hauptmann Oswald Boelcke is killed when his Albatros fighter collides with another, flown by his comrade, Leutnant Boehme.
November – February 1918
The German cruiser ‘Wolf’ carries a Friedrichshafen 33e floatplane named ‘Wolfschen’ (Wolf Cub) on operations in the Indian and Pacific Ocean.
German Leutnants Falk and Schultheis, flying a Rumpler biplane, drop bombs on Cairo railway station in support of Turkish forces.
Victor Carlstrom completes the first flight from Chicago to New York in a Curtiss R. biplane. Carrying airmail, the flight lasts 8 hours 28 minutes and en route, Carlstrom sets United States records for non-stop distance (452 miles) and speed (134 mph) flying.
The Uruguayan Escuela Militar de Aeoronautica is founded.
Zeppelin LZ78 (L34) is shot down off Hartlepool in England.
Zeppelin LZ61 (L21) is shot down off Lowestoft in England by defending fighter aircraft.
Bombs are dropped near Victoria Station by an LVG CII aircraft, piloted by Deck Offizier R. Brandt.
The United States National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics recommends that the Post Office establish airmail routes.
The United States Army Balloon School is founded.
Zeppelins LZ53 (L17) and LZ69 (L24) are destroyed in a fire at their shed at Tondem. In a separate incident Schutte-Lanz SL12 (E5) is also wrecked.
In Russia, Zeppelin LZ84 (L38) makes a forced landing.