|Bonnier lands in Jerusalem, 1913. The |
man on the far right appears to be the
mayor of Jerusalem, Salim Hussein
el-Husseini. Note the unidentified
Jewish man on the left.
|Turkish plane in Jerusalem, 1914|
On May 1, 1914, Turkish aviators Salim Bey and Kemal Bey landed their aircraft in Jerusalem. And after that flight, it appears that military aircraft began to fill the skies over Palestine.
|Aerial photo of Jerusalem taken by German pilot in 1917. |
Click here for another view. By the end of 1917, Jerusalem was
in British hands.
|German reconnaissance flight over |
The early aircrafts' biggest military advantage was its ability to provide reconnaissance data of enemy troops' deployment. In that regard, the plane's advantage was slightly more than the observation balloons used by armies two centuries earlier. But quickly machine guns and bombs were added to the planes, and air combat and ground support changed the nature of modern warfare.
|German and Turkish officers at the |
funeral of a German pilot in Nazareth
|Turkish anti-aircraft guns, 1917|
|Memorial plaque in Jenin for |
fallen German pilots
|German planes near Gaza|
|Australian aircraft in Palestine, 1918|
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