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Photograph by @simonnorfolkstudio On this day (October 5th ) 1914 French pilot Louis Quenault opened fire on a German aircraft, marking the dawn of air combat. I've been working for over a year now on a project about the aftermath of the First World War. The war was the first major conflict involving the large-scale use of aircraft. Although aircraft then were limited and the bombs and their stowage elementary, strategic and tactical bombing date from the earliest days of the war. Here a photograph of a targeting range complete with retired merchant ship at DIO (Defence Infrastructure Organisation ) Holbeach, an Air Weapons Range in Lincolnshire, England. Use of the range began in the 1920s, with biplanes firing and dropping bombs over the area. Observation towers parallel to the target line are manned and allow the fall of aircraft ordnance to be calculated for accuracy by means of triangulation. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. @natgeo @simonnorfolkstudio #simonnorfolk #conflict #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #battlefield #war #notwar #aftermath #photojournalism #journalism #simonnorfolkstudio #simonnorfolk #documentary #visualarchitects #warfare #Holbeach #munitions #WWI # #weapon #firstworldwar

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