The Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington, is the largest independent, non-profit air and space museum in the world. Like most airplane museums, the Museum of Flight includes displays of model airplanes to illustrate the history of flight. World War I—“The Great War”—established airplanes as an important part of modern warfare. For the first time in history, combatants took to the skies over the battlefield and their presence changed military strategy forever.
According to the display:
“Aviation technology underwent a period of explosive growth during World War I. As the countries began to recognize the usefulness of aircraft over the battlefield, they started investing heavily in the development of new and better machines. Development during the War was rapid and chaotic. Sometimes new aircraft did not progress beyond the original prototype while others were produced in the thousands, and revisions were often ordered even after the planes reached the Front. To keep up with demand, most designs were licensed out to multiple companies for manufacture. Aircraft designation systems developed alongside new machines, often struggling to keep pace. As a result, the lines between aircraft types were often unclear and untangling the details of World War I aviation presents a tremendous challenge for researchers.”
The collection of World War I airplane models, meticulously made to a 1/48 scale by Dr. H. Logan Holtgrewe over a period of four and a half years, includes 153 airplanes. Dr. H. Logan Holtgrewe used many sources to ensure that the models of World War I aircraft are presented with the greatest possible accuracy.
From 1914-1918, airplanes evolved from frail wood and fabric machines to more advanced, all-metal, aerodynamically efficient fighters, bombers and reconnaissance aircraft.
Seaplanes are aircraft which are designed to take off and land on water. Seaplanes include floatplanes which have floats mounted under the fuselage and flying boats in which the fuselage is the main source of buoyancy. During World War I, a number of countries developed seaplanes.
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