Pushing the Envelope

Kinkade, Mark
June 2003
Airman;Jun2003, Vol. 47 Issue 6, p1
This article presents information on the role of the U.S. Air Force in the development of the powered flight, aircrafts and flight techniques. In the year 1916, military reconnaissance flights begin over Mexico during General John Pershing's effort to capture Pancho Villa, marking the first time an aircraft is used to gather information. In the year 1918, the age of air-to-air combat begins when an American Expeditionary Force biplane shoots down enemy aircraft for the first time over the battlefields of the World War I in France. The U.S. Army successfully tests radio-controlled robot aircraft.


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