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He devised a means to shield his wooden propeller with metal so a machine gun could shoot through the arc (bullets that hit the blades would ricochet off). In a mere 18 days in early 1915, he shot down three German aircraft and claimed two others. Press reports of his exploits were the first to use the French slang “ace” to mean at least five enemy aircraft downed—although the term soon came to require five or more confirmed aircraft shot down. The German word was kanone, indicating a star turn; 10 victories were required for that designation.
Additionally, it was the air transport service for the Soviet armed forces, its role ranging from special flights for top brass to the transport of political prisoners to the labor camps of the Gulag. By 1990, its route network was enormous. Almost 2,000 small communities in the Soviet Union were served by the ubiquitous An-2, backed up by the Czech Let L410 19-seat Aeronautica Nazionale Repubblicana turboprop and the 32-seat Yakovlev Yak-40 trijet feederliner. Antonov An-24 twin turboprops were to be seen everywhere.
They were supported by a large-scale Soviet resupply airlift, which continued until the end of 1991. The pro-Moscow regime fell in April 1992. David C. Isby See also Counterinsurgency Operations; Mil Aircraft References Isby, David C. War in a Distant Country. London: Arms and Armour, 1989. Urban, Mark. War in Afghanistan, 2nd ed. London: Macmillan, 1990. Youssaf, Mohammed, and Mark Adkin. The Bear Trap. London: Leo Cooper, 1992. Agusta Italian helicopter manufacturer. Giovanni Agusta (1879– 1927) flew a biplane glider in Capua in 1910.