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10 Largest Air to Air Battles in Military History

Air-to-Air combat has been a staple in modern warfare since the early 1900s and has produced some of the most interesting storylines in the World’s history.

While the more infamous battles made famous by Hollywood first come to mind, there are numerous other less well-known air-to-air battles in our history that could be considered the most remarkable.

Battle of Kursk

This enormous air battle was considered to be the costliest single day of aerial combat that ultimately ended in a crippling defeat for the Germans.

Battle of Britain

In order to prepare for this enormous battle, German forces gathered over two thousand combat ready planes to attack Britain.

St. Mihiel Air Battle

In this battle, outnumbering the Germans at three to one, the allied forces rose together for one of the first and largest aerial assaults of the time.

Operation Mole Cricket 19

In an incredible tactical maneuver, ninety Israeli aircrafts destroyed eighty of the one hundred Syrian aircrafts without suffering a single loss.

Battle of the Phil. Sea

Seven hundred Japanese planes fought against the United States’ one thousand in one of the most decisive battle of World War Two.

Air Battle of El Mansoura

This battle between Israel and Egypt lasted just under an hour, making it one of the longest aerial battles between jets.

Black Thursday

Taking place in MiG Alley, the results of the joint efforts of North Korea and the USSR against the USA is what many experts attribute to the birth of modern jet warfare.

Air Battle Over Nis

This air battle was the only direct conflict that had ever occurred between the USA and the USSR.

The Dieppe Raid

Considered to be the largest single day of air combat in World War Two, this battle took place between Allied Forces and Germany in 1942.

Black Friday

Germany won this aerial battle against Allied forces, but what makes this battle famous is the fact that there were no civilian casualties.

To learn more about the largest air-to-air battles in military history, created by Norwich University’s Online Masters in Military History program, checkout the infographic below.

Ten Largest Air to Air Battles in Military History

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