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The Warplane has evolved over nearly a century to become what it is today. This is the story of how - through life-and-death necessity, invention, ingenuity and sheer hard work that technology evolved. This is not a history of every plane but rather a look at the major stepping stones that changed military aviation.

Aerial combat was once a little more than duelling in the sky, a countermeasure to the main task of superior investigation. The evolution of fighter tactics was inevitable. The accompanying technology was fast, furious, and definitive, an evolution that paralleled the plane's potential as an "eye in the sky". Over the course of history the war plane has taken on multiple roles, just as vital over the deserts of the Middle East in 2003 as it was over the trenches of France in 1914.

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