R.A.F. bomber being tuned, France, during World War I. The size of these machines is conveyed by the perspective in the photograph. The men working on the body of the machine are dwarfed and the wing sweeping across the top of the picture dominates the scene. The mood of the photographer as a result is quite powerful and overbearing.
Two new types of bombs were developed for aircraft use, one for carpet bombing wider targets, the ‘aerial torpedoes’, and a smaller dart for more specific use, called a ‘flechette’.
[Original reads: ‘OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT IN FRANCE. An immense R.A.F. machine being tuned up before starting off for Germany with a load of bombs.’]