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Airplane Warfare in WWI During World War One the role of airplanes and how they were used changed greatly At first planes were only used for sport but people started realize that not only could airplanes be useful but they could even influence an outcome of the war greatly Soon the war was filled with blimps planes and tethered balloons By the end of the war planes became a symbol of fear but they were not always treated with such respect In the time leading up to the war the general feeling about planes was they were a sneaky unfair tactic that should not be used in warfare During The 1899 Hague Peace Conference it was put on record that the dropping or shooting of any projectiles or explosives from the air during a time of war was forbidden and was considered a crime of war It was also decided that airplanes could only be used for reconnaissance or spying missions Villard-227 The airplane may be all very well for sport but for the army it is useless Quoted in Villard-227 Even by the beginning of the war in 1912 the use of planes in war was still prohibited by the War Office Shortly thereafter this changed people awakened to the possibilities of air warfare The world soon started to realize the effectiveness of planes in war and how the control of the skies could influence the outcome Although the French were the first to have a working conscripting air force and to license fliers their trust in airplanes still was not up to
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