Air commanders of World War I

The air commanders of World War I were army or navy officers who came to command air services during the first major conflict in which air power played a significant role.

Entente Powers air commanders

British Empire

Australian Flying Corps

Royal Flying Corps

Director-General of Military Aeronautics
General Officer Commanding the Royal Flying Corps in France
Major-General Hugh Trenchard

Royal Naval Air Service

Heads of the RNAS

Royal Air Force

Chief of the Air Staff


Director of Military Aeronautics

Head of the Service Aéronautique


Imperial Russia


United States

Central Powers air commanders


Inspector of Flying Troops

Austro-Hungarian Empire

Ottoman Empire


Main article: Bulgarian Air Force in World War I (1914–1918)


  2. Harvey. Collision of Empires: Britain in Three World Wars, 1793–1945. p. 419
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