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WAR PLANES From the noisy biplanes to the undetected stealth bombers of today aircrafts of war have drastically evolved at an amazing pace From just starting out as reconnaissance for the land battle planes are now used for reconnaissance fighters fortresses and bombers Airplanes turned into fighter planes with a simple hand pistol now the planes are using 20 mm machine gunsFighter The weapons of airplanes have greatly changed The 8 cylinder engines of World War I planes had the top speeds of 60 mphGreat Fighting Planes but now is nothing compared to the turbojet engines of the new stealth planes pushing mach 36Air Power It has all changed from the beginning plane flown by the Wright brothers The first fighter airplane was born during the First World War over the battles at the Western Front Planes that were made for reconnaissance to tell the leaders where the battles were being fought and where the enemy was at all changed with a little hand pistol The airplanes were now changed to fighter planes As friction developed between the Allied and German pilots a variety of weapons were called into use In addition to pistols and rifles sporting shotguns loaded with chain shot were taken into the sky with pilots On method of fighting was to get above the enemy and drop or shot anything at them Steel darts called Flechettes were used Even bricks and rocks were thrown on occasion by frustrated pilots Another idea was to trail grappling hooks on cables through the air in hope to entangling them in the propellers of the enemy aircraft As others had foreseen the best weapon would be the gun As the weapons became more advanced from mere pistols and rifles to machine guns and shell gunsFighter When the machine gun was first used on planes they would often hit the propeller and crash But then a system made of rods and gears were made
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