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During World War One the role of airplanes and how they were used changed greatlyAt first planes were only used for sport but people started realize that not only couldairplanes be useful but they could even influence an outcome of the war greatly Soon thewar was filled with blimps planes and tethered balloons By the end of the war planesbecame 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 unfairtactic 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 fromthe air during a time of war was forbidden and was considered a crime of war It was also 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 planesin 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 par Their lack of trust was justified for the planes had no armaments too many wires and no reliable motor Villard-228 Soon all countries in the war effort had their own little air force built hangers andstarted to train pilots The first bombing occurred in November 1911 Although the first bomb was dropped by the Italians soon all countries were involved in bombingraids Villard-229 It was followed by the first aerial dogfight in 1912 This
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