The story of the first aircraft to shoot itself down

Image for post
Image for post
An F11F-1 Tiger on the American aircraft carrier USS Forrestal in April 1956. Source: Wikicommons

Since the start of the First World War, aircraft have played a key role in combat. From planes designated to act as close air support for the advancing troops below to bombers able to carry some of humanity’s biggest bombs, the aircraft has become a diverse tool of war.

As technology evolved so did aircraft. The advent of the jet engine changed how we use these tools of war completely. This advancement in tech allowed for the creation of efficient multi-role aircraft unlike any seen in any recent conflict. …


Calin Aneculaesei

Student of Philosophy, Politics and Economics. History fanatic. Contact:

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store