Tuesday, June 24, 2008


This Day in the History of War Accelerating Technical Progress

On this day in 1915, young Oswald Boelcke, one of the earliest and best German fighter pilots of World War I, made the first operational flight of the Fokker Eindecker plane. This was just 11 and a half years after the first powered flight by the Wright brothers. Boelke had his first aerial duel win a few weeks later and died, at age 25, on October 28, 1916 after a collision with a fellow pilot named Böhme during a dogfight. He had 40 confirmed 'kills.'


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