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Aerial photography was one of the first functions of aircraft during wartime, not too long after the development of consumer cameras by Kodak in the 1880s. The first reconnaissance flight was credited to Captain Carlo Maria Piazza of the Italian Air Force during the Italo-Turkish War of 1911. The French made good use of aerial reconnaissance, entering World War I with the premier air force. German advances in camera design and optics allowed photography at high altitude, primarily from Zeppelins. All sides sought to improve upon ways to quickly deliver intelligence to commanders on the ground.
Spy planes would continue to play a crucial role in warfare and foreign relations until the development of satellites during the Cold War.