Definition: While the term “dogfight” has been used for centuries to describe close combat between enemy forces, now it often refers to aerial battles between opposing aircrafts at close range.
Origin: The word “dogfight”(used in aerial combat situations) originated during World War I. The exact origins of this term during the First World War is unclear. Some state it has to do with how the aircraft’s engine sounded like dogs barking. Men in the trenches thought the aircrafts fighting above looked dogs chasing each other. The term gained popularity during World War II, where aviation advancements led to the incorporation of airplanes in more facets of war.