Songs inspired by the early age of flight.
- By Rebecca Maksel
- AirSpaceMag.com, February 19, 2009
Smithsonian Institution Libraries
Flaming dirigibles—and burning men—adorn the cover of “Battle in the Sky” which, in spite of the depicted carnage, is actually a lively ragtime*. Canadian Reginald Warneford was the first to shoot down a Zeppelin on June 9, 1915. Hovering above the airship he released six bombs; five missed, but the sixth hit the mark, causing an explosion so great that it flipped Warneford over in his monoplane. The Germans launched 20 airship raids in 1915, killing some 180 people and injuring more than 450. The illustration accompanying “Battle in the Sky” brings to mind H.G. Wells’ 1908 book War in the Air: “Quiet people go out in the morning and see airfleets passing overhead—dripping death—dripping death.”
*The MIDI file of "Battle in the Sky" is used with the permission of Benjamin Robert Tubb (firstname.lastname@example.org) from his site at Public Domain Music (www.pdmusic.org).