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What were World War 1 planes like?

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Planes in ww1 usually had two wings although there were monoplanes, triplanes and planes with four wings many had two. They had mounted machine guns that had to be fired manually. They were all propeller driven. The planes were made from wood and cloth and had open cockpits. The wood frame construction made planes susceptible to breaking up at high gs. The guns have to fire through the whirling propellers so a special gear was developed that would block the machine gun mechanism when the propeller was in the way. All in all the planes went from primitive death traps at the beginning to more advanced machines made of metal. The planes evolved greatly over the course of the war.

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