Military Aviation of the First World War (hardback edition)

Author(s): Alan C. Wood and Alan Sutton

ISBN: 9781781558454
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Profiles of all the countries that had an aviation presence in the First World War - from the might of Germany to Brazil.
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  • Records in an easy-to-absorb way all the nations that had an aviation presence – even if it was only one plane or pilot – in the First World War

  • Also includes profiles all the aces that had success, particularly those from the UK and Germany

  • Superbly illustrated with over 490 mono photographs

  • A must-have for military enthusiasts, historians, modellers and those interested in First World War aviation


This beautifully illustrated book provides details of every power that took part in Military aircraft activity during the First World War. The war was a global conflict with 57 nations involved but with aviation being in its infancy only eight nations had a major air arm to their fighting Services. The Allies: Britain, America, Italy, Belgium, France, and Russia and then the Central Powers comprising Germany and Austria - Hungary.


The book covers the formation, establishment and wartime exploits of all the major air powers during the war, as well as providing thumbnail sketches of all the major aces for each country, giving full coverage to:

The Allies: The Royal Flying Corps, The French Military Air Service, The United States Air Service, Aeronautica de Region Esercito (Italy), The Belgian Air Arm, The Russian Imperial Air Services.

The Central Powers: The Imperial German Air Service, and the Austro-Hungarian flying service However, smaller powers (at the time) like Australia, Canada and Japan as well as Portugal, Serbia, Romania and South Africa are all featured is this fascinating book.

BOOK ISBN 9781781558454
FORMAT 248 x 172 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 360 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 27 January 2022
TERRITORY World
ILLUSTRATIONS 498 black-and-white photographs




Alan C. Wood has spent time in the RAF both on active service at home and overseas, and as a reservist, winning the USAF medal for Humane Action. On being demobilised from the RAF, he joined the police service and won the Queen Elizabeth II Police Service Medal and various other awards. He has been a published non-fiction author since September 1957, writing about the First and Second World Wars.

Alan John Sutton (born August 1949) is an English publisher who founded Tempus Publishing, Alan Sutton Publishing, Amberley Publishing, and Fonthill Media. Sutton was educated at Dursley Grammar School.

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