100 Years Ago Today

A History Of Events And Happenings From Exactly One Hundred Years Ago

First Pilot Killed By Anti-Aircraft Fire

In October 1911 war broke out between Italy and the Ottoman Empire when Italy claim territory in Norther Africa. The first wartime use of a plane took place in Libya that month when Captain Carlo Piazza made the first reconnaissance flight in the history of war near Benghazi.


The same conflict saw the first pilot killed during wartime.


War between the Ottoman Empire and four Balkan states called the Balkan League has broken out.


Two weeks ago, the first bombing reconnaissance took place in the Balkan War.


On October 30, 1912 a Russian volunteer in the Bulgarian army air force became the first airplane pilot to ever be killed by anti-aircraft fire. The airplane flown by M Popov and was hit by Turkish shells while Popov was flying over Adrianople.

Bulgarian military airplane

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