German pilot Richard Scholl and his co-pilot Lieutenant Anderer, in flight gear beside their Hannover CL.II biplane in 1918.
British Handley-Page bombers on a mission, Western Front, during World War I. This photograph, which appears to have been taken from the cabin of a Handley-Page bomber, is attributed to Tom Aitken. It shows another Handley-Page bomber setting out on a bombing mission. The model 0/400 bomber, which was introduced in 1918, could carry 2,000 lbs (907 kilos) of bombs and could be fitted with four Lewis machine-guns.
German soldiers attend to a stack of gas canisters attached to a manifold, inflating a captive balloon on the Western front.
A German Type Ae 800 observation balloon ascending.
A captured German Taube monoplane, on display in the courtyard of Les Invalides in Paris, in 1915. The Taube was a pre-World War I aircraft, only briefly used on the front lines, replaced later by newer designs.
A soldier poses with a Hythe Mk III Gun Camera during training activities at Ellington Field, Houston, Texas in April of 1918. The Mk III, built to match the size, handling, and weight of a Lewis Gun, was used to train aerial gunners, recording a photograph when the trigger was pulled, for later review, when an instructor could coach trainees on better aiming strategies.
Captain Ross-Smith (left) and Observer in front of a Modern Bristol Fighter, 1st Squadron A.F.C. Palestine, February 1918. This image was taken using the Paget process, an early experiment in color photography.
Lieutenant Kirk Booth of the U.S. Signal Corps being lifted skyward by the giant Perkins man-carrying kite at Camp Devens, Ayer, Massachusetts. While the United States never used these kites during the war, the German and French armies put some to use on the front lines.
Wreckage of a German Albatross D. III fighter biplane.
Unidentified pilot wearing a type of breathing apparatus. Image taken by O.I.C Photographic Detachment, Hazelhurst Field, Long Island, New York.
A Farman airplane with rockets attached to its struts.
A German balloon being shot down.
An aircraft in flames falls from the sky.
A German Pfalz Dr.I single-seat triplane fighter aircraft, ca. 1918.
Observation Balloons near Coblenz, Germany.
Observer in a German balloon gondola shoots off light signals with a pistol.
Night Flight at Le Bourget, France.
British reconnaissance plane flying over enemy lines, in France.
Bombing Montmedy, 42 km north of Verdun, while American troops advance in the Meuse-Argonne sector. Three bombs have been released by a U.S. bomber, one striking a supply station, the other two in mid-air, visible on their way down. Black puffs of smoke indicate anti-aircraft fire. To the right (west), a building with a Red Cross symbol can be seen.
German soldiers attend to an upended German aircraft.
Japanese aviator, 1914.
A Sunday morning service in an aerodrome in France. The Chaplain conducting the service from an aeroplane.
An observer in the tail tip of the English airship R33 on March 6, 1919 in Selby, England.
Soldiers carry a set of German airplane wings.
Captain Maurice Happe, rear seat, commander of French squadron MF 29, seated in his Farman MF.11 Shorthorn bomber with a Captain Berthaut. The plane bears the insignia of the first unit, a Croix de Guerre, ca. 1915.
A German airplane over the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt.
Car of French Military Dirigible "Republique".
A German pilot lies dead in his crashed airplane in France, in 1918.
A German Pfalz E.I prepares to land, April 1916.
A returning observation balloon. A small army of men, dwarfed by the balloon, are controlling its descent with a multitude of ropes. The basket attached to the balloon, with space for two people, can be seen sitting on the ground. Frequently a target for gunfire, those conducting observations in these balloons were required to wear parachutes for a swift descent if necessary.
Aerial reconnaissance photograph showing a landscape scarred by trench lines and artillery craters. Photograph by pilot Richard Scholl and his co-pilot Lieutenant Anderer near Guignicourt, northern France, August 8, 1918. One month later, Richard Scholl was reported missing.
German hydroplane, ca. 1918.
French Cavalry observe an Army airplane fly past.
Attaching a 100 kg bomb to a German airplane.
Soldiers silhouetted against the sky prepare to fire an anti-aircraft gun. On the right of the photograph a soldier is being handed a large shell for the gun. The Battle of Broodseinde (October 1917) was part of a larger offensive - the third Battle of Ypres - engineered by Sir Douglas Haig to capture the Passchendaele ridge.
An aircraft. crashed and burning in German territory, ca. 1917.
A Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter biplane aircraft taking off from a platform built on top of HMAS Australia's midships "Q" turret, in 1918.
An aerial photographer with a Graflex camera, ca. 1917-18.
14th Photo Section, 1st Army, "The Balloonatic Section". Capt. A. W. Stevens (center, front row) and personnel. Ca. 1918. Air Service Photographic Section.
Aerial photo of a cratered battlefield. The dark diagonal lines are the shadows of the few remaining tree trunks.
A British Commander starting off on a raid, flying an Airco DH.2 biplane.
The bombarded barracks at Ypres, viewed from 500 ft.
No. 1 Squadron, a unit of the Australian Flying Corps, in Palestine in 1918.
Returning from a reconnaissance flight during World War I, a view of the clouds from above.