Some amazing aeroplanes made it to Northern France at the start of WW1. None of them were armed. The idea of air combat grew as they found themselves in the same air space wishing to deny the other side uninterrupted reconnaissance. Pistols, rifles, even grappling hooks lowered on a rope were the first attempts to engage the enemy. By 1915, machine guns had made an entrance but the spoils went to the Eindecker as the first flying gun firing through the propeller achieving the its first kill in July 1915. From them on it was mayhem until the allies found the answer in early 1916. Our Panel of expert pilots who regularly such aircraft will debunk the myths.