German aircraft recognition chart showing the various fighters and bombers of the Imperial German Flying Corps.
The first German military aircraft were part of the Army and entered service in 1910. The initial roles of the aircraft were for reconnaissance and artillery spotting to support the Army on the ground. In 1916 the German High Command reorganized the Flying Corps in response to Allied air superiority, and established the first single-seat fighter squadrons.
By the Wars end, Germany had 2700 front-line aircraft and 56 air ships. German aircraft loses over the war amounted to 3100 aircraft lost, and 26 airships, to the Allies 5400 aircraft lost.