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Since the beginning of time there has always been conflict and inevitably war Because of war it is logical that enemies would seek out information about each other in order to increase their own chances of survival Reconnaissance would be the proper terminology for gathering this information There are many ways in which to gather reconnaissance however I am going to talk about aerial reconnaissance and the use of spy aircraft as a method of acquiring important information The first documented evidence of aerial reconnaissance was in 1794 when Captain JMJ used his captive balloon to observe his enemy at the Battle of Fleurus The first documented use of airplane reconnaissance was in 1911 when Italian Captain Piazza spent an hour in his Blerot making notes on the Turkish positions between Azizia and Triopoli The next year in 1912 this same pilot recorded the first aerial reconnaissance sortie using a camera These first methods of reconnaissance were very cumbersome events because the cameras of those days would fill your entire lap Because it greatly increased range of sight it was extremely advantageous to observe from a higher elevation For example an average 6ft man can see approximately 3 miles however when put in an aircraft 65 feet above the earths surface his horizon increase to 10 miles Moreover put him in an aircraft 35000 ft above the earths surface and his horizon is no less than 230 miles This paradigm shift in intelligence would lead to astounding innovations in aerial reconnaissance within this centuryThe Great War World War I was basically a ground war which consisted of bloody fighting throughout an immense system of interconnected trenches Because of this each side needed a reliable source of intelligence about each others movements At the beginning of the Great War aircraft had only been used as an effective fighting machine After realizing that these high-flying aircraft could observe and bring back panoramic photographs of enemy fortifications and
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