6 Russian Airforce of 1915

Russian Airforce of 1915

Posted on October 20, 2014 by tim

We’ve seen here a lot of the contemporary Russian air force, but what about 90 years ago, what did it look like? This is how. Horses, horses, some planes, horses again, no pavement on the runways, wooden sleds and more. Let’s see it in some more detail inside. At that time, Poland was a part of the Russian empire and the Russian air force had a base there. Here people are cleaning the air field and… tramp down the ground with their legs in order to get more hard surface for the planes.


They say these photos were taken on January 1st, 1915. 99 years ago, on the first day after the new year party. Probably not the funniest day to go and work on an airfield.

And here soldiers unload the parts of the airplanes that have arrived.. by train! Now its 2nd February of the same year.

Still unloading some more.

And here is a crashed plane. Two days after the planes were unloaded from the train.

Yeah, learning to fly.

And here soldiers are employed for some destruction – they are removing the phone poles of the future airfield, the one where they were tramping the ground. No more phone lines here. It’s a serious air base now. 

Also some marching to keep soldiers in form.

..and building new phone lines! Now across the roads.


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6 Responses to “Russian Airforce of 1915”

  1. WWtS says:

    In case someone is interested, the original article states that this airfield is located in Krosno, which is a south-eastern Poland. This particular part of Poland was occupied by Austria-Hungary before the war, but was captured by Russians by September 1914. Less than half a year later (by May 1915) both Russian and Austrian forces were driven out of the city and Krosno once again was under Polish rule.

  2. Mr Fox says:

    The ballons were probably used for see the direction of the wind at higher altitudes than one you could detect on the ground. I’ve seen that being made before the launch of hot air baloons. I assume the same technique was used in the dawn of aviation.

  3. Richard says:

    They filled the balloons up with hydrogen gas and released them. By timing how long it took for the balloons to disappear into the clouds, they could tell how high the clouds were and if it was safe to fly.

  4. john says:

    great photos

  5. Mateusz says:

    This part was of Poland hasn’t been occupied, it WAS Austria-Hungary, and it became Polish again after 1918

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