Largest Air to Air Battles in Military History – Infographic
The 100th anniversary of the first air-to-air combat is fast approaching: On August 25, 1914, Russian pilot Pyotr Nesterov rammed his unarmed Moraine Saulnier Type G aircraft into an Austrian Albatross B, knocking both planes from the sky and killing both pilots. Nesterov may have been trying to use his landing gear to damage the Austrian aircraft and missed.
In recognition of the centennial of the Great War, when air-to-air duels became almost daily events, Norwich University sent us a media release with a link to their nifty infographic, “10 Largest Air to Air Battles in Military History.” It includes some of the “usual suspects”—Battle of Britain, Battle of the Philippine Sea, Black Thursday over Korea—but also some surprising entries, such as the only direct military confrontation between the US and the USSR in history. Click here to see 10 Largest Air to Air Battles in Military History.
IMAGE ABOVE: Hurricane fighters of the RAF, mainstay of Fighter Command in the Battle of Britain. National Archives, NARA0403097j