On this day in history, 106 years ago, on April 13th 1912, the "Royal flying corps" was founded. This Britain's first ever air force. It was in use throughout world war one and on the 1st April it was merged with the "Royal Naval Air Service" to form the "Royal Air force", as we know it today. During the early part of the war, the RFC supported the British Army by artillery co-operation and photographic reconnaissance This work gradually led RFC pilots into aerial battles with German pilots and later in the war included the strafing of enemy infantry and emplacements, of German military airfields and later the strategic bombing of German industrial and transport facilities. By 1918, the Royal flying corps was about 3,300 planes strong. Although, at the very statt of the war, the RFC was only made up of 5 squadrons: 1 observation balloon squadron and 4 aeroplane squadrons. By 1918, photographic images could be taken from 15,000 feet and were interpreted by over 3,000 personnel. Parachutes weren't available to the pilots and the first ones started appearing at the very end of the war in late 1918. In 1917, the "RNAS" (Royal Naval Air Service) was formed. In 1918 both air force sectors combined and created the RAF. After the RFC starting in 1914 with some 2,073 personnel, by the start of 1919 the RAF had 4,000 combat aircraft and 114,000 personnel in some 150 squadrons...
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