When was the war airplane invented?
The airplane use for the military just evolved based on the
needs. When the airplane was very new, someone in the military
decided that it would be a good platform to view the enemy forces.
On 17 September 1908, Orville Wright took along as a
passenger Army Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge for a demonstation
flight and their plane crashed. Lt. Seldfridge became the first
casualty of this new invention. That did not deter the Army. The
U.S. Government bought its first airplane, a Wright Brothers
biplane, on July 30, 1909. As the years passed by and the
airplanes improved, more uses were found for them. Pilots began to
drop small bombs by hand. Some used rifles or pistols to shoot at
targets. By the time of World War 1 arrived in 1914 and 1915,
airplanes were being fitted with special equipment such as guns,
bomb racks and cameras for use by the military.