World War I CentennialJohn Morris
World War I—called "The War To End All Wars"—stopped 100 years ago. During the four years it raged, airplanes came of age as combat machines, developing from unarmed observation platforms to full-fledged fighters and bombers.
Several reproductions and replicas were displayed at Oshkosh, reminding us just how far aviation has progressed. Yet the Sopwith, Fokker and Albatros represented the latest in technology for their day, and as anyone who has tried to build a replica can attest, they were certainly not simple machines.