Chapter Eleven. The War in the Air

  1. John Horne Professor member
  1. John H. Morrow Jr

Published Online: 19 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444323634.ch11

A Companion to World War I

A Companion to World War I

How to Cite

Morrow, J. H. (2010) The War in the Air, in A Companion to World War I (ed J. Horne), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444323634.ch11

Editor Information

  1. Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Author Information

  1. University of Georgia, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 23 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405123860

Online ISBN: 9781444323634



  • the war in the air;
  • Moroccan crisis - 1911;
  • Zeppelin - generating unrealistic expectations in German General Staff;
  • air war of World War I - highly romanticized and mythic subject of military history;
  • Oswald Boelcke - Germans, winning the highest award for valor, the Pour le Mérite, in 1916;
  • Flight and The Aeroplane - British aviation magazines romanticizing RFC and sporting, chivalric, heroic and sacrificial images of the air war;
  • major aerial development of 1915 - beginning of fighter aviation


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Wartime: the Cult of the Aces

  • The Growth of Air Forces

  • Aircraft Production

  • Strategy, Tactics, and Losses

  • Other Forms of Air War: Ground Attack, Reconnaissance, and Bombing

  • References and Further Reading