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Dawn of Aerial Combat: The Centennial of the Great War

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All Ages
Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 2:00pm

When World War I broke out July 28, 1914, the airplane was still a novelty, and was unarmed and used primarily for recognizance.  But on October 5, 1914, French Pilot Louis Quenault opened fire on a German aircraft with a machinegun.  Warfare would now be fought in the skies over Europe, and the world would never be the same again.  Please join us as historians from the College Park Airport Museum and Air Force Historical Studies Office discuss how aircraft evolved up to the war and would attempt to dominate the skies over the trenches of Europe from 1914-1918.

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