By Frederick A. Talbot
A survey of the way the good struggle established that using plane replaced the entire artwork and technological know-how of warfare..The unique illustrations aren't reprinted during this version.
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Under such conditions buoyancy must be imperilled to such a degree as to demand the jettisoning of every piece of ballast, fuel and other removable weight, including even the steadying and vertical planes. When this has been done, he pointed out, nothing is left with which to combat the upward vertical thrusts of the air. To attempt to run before the wind is to court positive disaster, as the wind is certain to gain the mastery. com uncontrollableit becomes the sport of the forces of Nature, with the result that destruction is merely a matter of minutes, or even seconds.
The two-bladed propellers are disposed on either side of the car, in each of which a 500 horse-power motor is placed. The Astra-Torres type of dirigible may be said to represent the latest expression in airship design and construction. The invention has given complete satisfaction, and has proved strikingly successful. The French Government has completed arrangements for the acquisition of larger and more powerful vessels of this desi gn, being now in the position to contest every step that is made by Germany in this field.
Three broad types of Government machines are manufactured at this establishment. There is that designed essentially for scouting operations, in which speed is the all-important factor and which is of the tractor type. E" (Bleriot-Experimental), a consid erable number of which are in commission. This machine is also of the tractor type, carrying a pilot and an observer, and has a maximum speed of 40-50 miles per hour. If required it can further be fitted with an automatic gun for defence and attack.
Aeroplanes and Dirigibles of War by Frederick A. Talbot