Development of aircraft in Burgundie

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For much of its early aviation history, 1850s-1940s, Burgundie was a leader in airship design and production. During the latter half of the Great War with the boom of airplane technology Burgundie fell behind. It’s attempts at early airplane and jet design were rudimentary and most often out sourced to more experienced nations. During Operation Kipling Burgundie saw a locally important development of a military jet aircraft industry. Following the Quds War Burgundie has continued to focus on building aircraft for its own domestic market but has imcreasingly involve its KATI allies in the R&D to ensure it is meeting modern standards.

Early balloons

MacUilleim's balloon

Donaidh MacUilleim is credited with designing the first successful Burgundian aerostat, The duckling (BG: Isean tunnaige), in 1811. The Kingdom of Ultmar used MacUilleim's aerostats on a number of occassions during the Northern Levantine Mediatization War. After the defeat of the Kingdom, the newly formed Burgundian Court of St. Alphador took great interest in MacUilleim's aerostats and a race for monarchical contracts started.

During the mid and late 19th century there was a boom of airship development. The cigar-shaped envelope became fairly standardized across the designs by the 1870s with most of the innovation occurring around propulsion and steering. With the launch of The Burgundie (BG: La Burgondia) in 1886 by the Army of Burgundie, the Army not the royal court became the primary driver behind aerostat development, under the Airship Brigade. It was under their command that the various aerostat designs were given secondary importance and the dirigible became the primary airship in Burgundie.

Dirigibles

Despite the success of The Burgundie the Carbonneau Rigid Airboat Company won a massive contract to provide the Army Airship Brigade with 40 Corsair class dirigibles in 1899. This is the first class of military airships in Burgundie and were attached to artillery batteries and various elements of the signal corps during the War of the Faskano Straight.

Burgundian Imperial Airship Scheme

Following the success of the dirigibles in that war a scheme was hatched to connect Burgundie to her islands and to the world.

Blimps

Aeroplanes

Gyrocopters

Airplanes

Burgundian airplane development lagged far behind much of its more advanced counterparts for much of the first 15 years of the 20th century. However, following the Fvüwal conspiracy in 1913, a number of prominent Recepis aviation engineers and scientists were secreted out of Reçêpistan through the Legatation of Ankivara to Burgundie with the promise of a better standard of living. By 1915 they had jumpstarted the airplane industry in Burgundie. Early airplane development was primarily for the Army Air Element and the Aeronautical Corps. By the 1930s the commercialization of some of the larger airframes became viable. Further, with the drafting of the entire shipbuilding industry in Burgundie to the war effort, the lack of new commercial shipping, made commercial air travel necessary to keep the disparate thalassocracy together.

Biplanes

The Ministry of War pushed for more funding to be put into aircraft following the outbreak of the War of Faskano Strait in 1911. It was becoming clear that there was a gap in the capabilities that the dirigibles could provide in an aggressive mobile war and the Admiralty was also concerned about the dirigibles inability to operate in poor weather conditions. This led to a number of failed internal attempts to create viable aircraft and led to the Fvüwal conspiracy in 1913. The Recepi aviation engineers and scientists heralded a heyday for the Burgundian military aircraft industry, specifically in the areas of bi- and triplane design. By 1915 the Army Air Element and the Aeronautical Corps were among the most advanced military aviation units in Ixnay. However, these developments were not implemented efficiently enough or in great enough numbers to impact the outcome of the War of Faskano Strait. Until the outbreak of the Levantine Civil War, the Recepi run aviation development in Burgundie was focused on innovation and not on production. Small numbers of highly technical planes were produced and the number of pilots in the Army Air Element and the Aeronautical Corps remained low and primarily of the upper classes. During this period the hierarchical command system in the military aviation sector was based in medieval chivalry. Pilots were ranked as Sky Knights (Brg: 'Cavaller del cel'), with their trainees as Sky Squires (Brg: 'Escuder del cel'). It was an inevitably truncated system that was doomed to fail. With overly technical aircraft, produced in short supply, and with too few trained pilots only two types of biplane aircraft made it to mass production during the great war. By the time that the Fvüwal conspiracy had honed its craft to completion the pace and rhythm of modern warfare had made their contributions obsolete. However, their aspirational attitudes and a vast number of their specific innovations far outlasted them in the Burgundian military and civil air industry.

SPAD S.XX 1925-1932
Blériot-SPAD S.510 1936-1941

Triplanes

Monoplanes

As aircraft engine power increased and the requisite size of monoplane wings decreased the increased maneuverability of the monoplane became inherent. The Army Air Element pushed for more funding to be put into monoplane aircraft as the Great War developed and by 1926 they had the Dewoitine D.1 which entered active service in 1928 as the first mass produced military monoplane for Burgundie.

Monoplane fighters

Dewoitine D.1 1928-1936

Monoplane bombers

Monoplane attack aircraft

Counter-insurgency aircraft

As Operation Kipling devolved into a massive endless asymmetric war of attrition and the Burgundians achieved air superiority over vast swathes of South Punth it became clear that there was no need for massive numbers of expensive mid-generation jet aircraft. As a cost-saving development in the late 1960s and early 1970s the Royal Air Service of Burgundie reactivated some of their propeller aircraft from the Great War. These aircraft served well and a separate line of manufacturing was retooled to create modern light attack aircraft. Given Burgundie's consistent involvement in asymmetric counterinsurgency warfare (e.g. Quds War, Second Bulkhan War, etc.) the manufacture of propeller-driven light attack aircraft has taken a prominent role in Army Aviation. The Revenue Guard partnered with the Army of Burgundie as this type of airframe fits their role perfectly. Non-militarized formats are common in the Civil Air Patrol Branch of the Emergency Military Unit.

North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco 1969-1995
Cavalier Turbo Mustang III 1969-1974
Fairchild AU-23 Peacemaker 1971-1983
FMA IA 58 Pucará 1974-1998
Britten-Norman Defender 1976-1999* Defender 4000 1996-present
Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano 2005-present

Flying Boats

Felixstowe Porte Baby 1918-1925
Dornier Do X 1931-1941
Short Empire 1937-1948
Short Sunderland 1938-1967
Hughes H-4 Hercules 1947-1953
Saunders-Roe SR.A/1 1947-1953
Saunders-Roe Princess 1952-1963
Convair F2Y Sea Dart 1953-1958
Martin P6M SeaMaster 1955-1983

With the advent of longer flight capacity of commercial airliners, the prevalence of commercial flying boats fell off almost immediately in the 1960s.

Militarily, as Burgundie became a global naval power and its aircraft carrier fleet increased in size, as well as its ICBM technology advancing significantly in the wake of the Great War the need for flying boats diminished. The last use of Burgundian flying boats in combat were the P6Ms running bombing runs in the Quds War. Following the Quds War's conclusion the Burgundian air force retired the last of its flying boats.

Floatplanes

Hanriot HD.2 1920-1928

Helicopters

Jet aircraft

Jet powered civil aviation

While many of its contemporaries in the Great War focused on building massive numbers of bomber aircraft, Burgundie had focused on building transports to maneuver its soldiers and equipment all across its vast thalassocracy. These airframes were much easier to convert into commercial airliners and in the 1960s and 1970s Burgundie held the majority of airframe provider contracts. As Operation Kipling dragged the aircraft industry back into wartime production, they lost their edge and numerous states developed organic commercial aircraft capabilities to supplant the dearth of Burgundian aircraft.

Hypersonic flight

Atmospheric flight

Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Something, something aerial target drones in the 1910s. Aireal torpedoes in the 1920s. Recon in the 1970s. Missile system decoy in the 1980s and 1990s. "maturing and miniaturization of applicable technologies in the 1980s and 1990s, interest in UAVs grew". Attack and recon in the 21st century. Hewitt-Sperry Automatic Airplane 1919-1932
Kettering Bug 1919-1925
Ryan AQM-91 Firefly 1971-1976
Dassault nEUROn 2017-present
Singular SA03 2018-present

Supporting technologies

Balloon carrier Seaplane tender Aircraft carrier