"First Lieutenant E. V. [Eddie] Rickenbacker, 94th Aero Squadron, American ace, standing up in his Spad plane. Near Rembercourt, France." 10/18/1918
From the series: Signal Corps Photographs of American Military Activity, 1754 - 1954
World War I was the first conflict to see widespread use of airpower. Initially used to locate the enemy; airplanes quickly found offensive uses. This form records the events of a U.S. First Pursuit Group patrol over the front lines in France on September 27, 1918. At the end of the action 2nd Lt. W.W. White sought credit for shooting down two enemy planes.
First Pursuit Group Reconnaissance Report, 09/27/1918
Pioneering aviator Eugene Ely made the first shipboard landing of an aircraft on January 18, 1911 when he landed his airplane on the USS Pennsylvania.
As Requested - Biplanes and World War I-era aircraft for National Aviation History Month. (Watch for some civilian and non-WWI biplanes in a later post!)