Epilogue: All Wars Ended?

When World War One ended, it was declared "The War to End all Wars." Unfortunately, the opposite would be true. The Treaty of Versailles left many Germans, including Adoplh Hitler, feeling bitter and betrayed, and they vowed to bring Germany back to greatness.  

To celebrate the end of the war, airplanes from North Island held a massive flyover of San Diego in November of 1918. 

Although air combat was not the deciding factor in determining the outcome of the war, it did grew increasingly important. Fighting in the sky grew to mirror the carnage on the ground. Estimates are that over 10 million soldiers and 10 million civilians died during the war and over 100,000 aircraft were destroyed by all causes. World War One truly was a horrific conflict, the likes of which had never been seen before. However, one positive outcome of the war was that the technological advances made during the war would lead to faster, larger and more reliable aircraft during the 1920s and 1930s, bringing in a new era of aviation. 

Just 15 years after the Wright Brothers flight, aircraft were being produced that could reach 150 miles per hour, such as the Sopwith Dragon. 

The San Diego Air & Space Museum has an extensive collection of World War One aircraft and artifacts on display. Additionally, the Museum has an extensive collection of digitized photos from the war, which can be viewed HERE.  The Museum commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the armistice with this exhibit.

San Diego Air & Space Museum

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