United States Naval Institute Proceedings Volume 40, No. 2
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ...airmen who can break through our own aerial patrol. The present housing accommodation consists of huge corrugated iron structures which stand out as prominent landmarks on the countryside, and can be distinguished miles away, especially by men in elevated positions such as aerial scouts would occupy. Once spotted, their doom would be sealed, as fixed objects are comparatively easy to hit--as has been proved by experienced bomb-droppers--unless the enemy is driven off by guns mounted at aerial stations for that purpose. At present our aerial centers are for the most part insufficiently protected in this way, and are therefore open to attack. But in any case we ought to have disappearing structures, which could, by means of electrical or hydraulic apparatus, be lowered to the ground level, further protecting them by having their tops covered by means of armor plates of adequate thickness to secure bomb-proofness. These armor plates could be mounted and manipulated on tramways laid for the purpose. The very act of lowering them level with the ground would be a great security, as it would be difi-icult for airmen to detect them, at the altitude they would have to keep, if the tops of the sheds were painted to fit in with the local surroundings. Their prominence at the present moment invites attack and certain destruction.--United Service Gazette. IMPROVING THE Errrcmncv or BRITISH NAVAL AIRCRAFT.----Tl'll' are signs that the naval authorities now consider the naval air service to have advanced to a position at which it is possible to begin a series of experiments and tests, essential to acquiring a fighting efliciency in their aerial fleet of a standard approaching that of their sea-surface and underwater squadrons and flotillas. That...
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