The First World War began to hammer aircraft into
reliable flying form only ten summers after man's first flight. These first warplanes,
born as sport planes, soon evolved into the lethal aircraft that swarmed over the
bloody trenches of Europe. They altered the history of the world and carried the
dreams and the nightmares of all mankind on their wings.
Renowned aviation photographer Philip Makanna has captured the essence of
this era in his forthcoming GHOSTS of The Great War-2007, a large-format calendar
that features his stunning, air-to-air, color photographs. Makanna has spent 31 years
taking aviation photography to amazing heights. In this edition, his images depict
the beginnings of military aviation with Bleriot's wing-warping Model XI, Fokker's
"Spider", a web of wires and wood, and Sopwith's simple seaplane racer.
The calendar continues through to the advanced aircraft that appeared at the war's
The ancient flying machines featured in GHOSTS of The Great War-2007 form
the Aeroplane Collection, one of the largest collections of flyable World War One
aircraft in existence. The Collection, based in California, is currently home for
21 aircraft of the WWI period.
Stunning images and an evocative day-by-day history of the aviation (and related)
events of the period combine to describe the beauty, the romance and the tragedy
of military aviation's early days.
12 Magnificent Color Photographs from
Master Aviation Photographer Philip Makanna
Each Month is Suitable for Framing
Plus our Unique Chronological History
of the Aviation Events of WWI
Individual Aircraft Specifications
Each Page: 20" x 14" Opens
to 20" x 28"