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From the bi-planes of World War I to the hi-tech attack planes of today, this is a comprehensive history of the warplane.

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. WARPLANE 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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  • Warplanes: Airplane To Air Force
    Aerial combat was once little more than duelling in the sky. Over the course of history, the war plane has taken on multiple roles, just as vital over the Middle East in 2003 as it was in France in 1914.
  • Warplanes: Airplane To Air Force
    Aerial combat was once little more than duelling in the sky. Over the course of history, the war plane has taken on multiple roles, just as vital over the Middle East in 2003 as it was in France in 1914.
  • Warplanes: Air Force To Air Power
    The evolution of airplane bombing systems proved key during World War II. But as its importance grew so did the demands on it. These led to improved aerodynamics, allowing commanders to use warplanes to devastating effect.
  • Warplanes: Air Force To Air Power
    The evolution of airplane bombing systems proved key during World War II. But as its importance grew so did the demands on it. These led to improved aerodynamics, allowing commanders to use warplanes to devastating effect.
  • Warplanes: Jet Age
    The jet engine was a defining piece of mid-20th century technology that led to revolutionary changes in aerial combat. It blurred the lines of distinction between fighters, bombers and helicopters. Warfare would never be the same.
  • Warplanes: Jet Age
    The jet engine was a defining piece of mid-20th century technology that led to revolutionary changes in aerial combat. It blurred the lines of distinction between fighters, bombers and helicopters. Warfare would never be the same.
  • Warplanes: The Age Of Stealth
    This is the world's latest warplane: the F-22 Raptor. Not only is it fast, the Raptor is almost invisible to radar. We have entered the age of stealth. For the master of the skies, it brings the promise of victory without pain.
  • Warplanes: The Age Of Stealth
    This is the world's latest warplane: the F-22 Raptor. Not only is it fast, the Raptor is almost invisible to radar. We have entered the age of stealth. For the master of the skies, it brings the promise of victory without pain.
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