A Short History of Air Power by James L. Stokesbury

By James L. Stokesbury

This concise account of the army use of the plane over the past seventy-five years covers significant conflicts in Spain, Korea, Vietnam, and either international wars, in addition to the alterations in know-how, strategies, and attitudes towards using air energy.

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A. Warneford, flying a maximum Morane-Saulnier parasol monoplane and LZ37 The Morane was barely limping along, and with the extra weight of the bombs it could hardly climb at all. Nonetheless, Warneford started stalking the Zeppelin, hoping it would not spot him carrying his heading load of six twenty-pound bombs, sighted east. and immediately climb above him. The Germans, limping for home, were unhealthy engines to busy listening too much bother about else. to their Gradually they lost height as they moved east over the Belgian countryside.

Nonetheless, Warneford started stalking the Zeppelin, hoping it would not spot him carrying his heading load of six twenty-pound bombs, sighted east. and immediately climb above him. The Germans, limping for home, were unhealthy engines to busy listening too much bother about else. to their Gradually they lost height as they moved east over the Belgian countryside. Swooping down from above and behind, Warneford made his first pass; he was spotted by gunners at lin machine-gun positions on top of the Zeppe- —where the view was matched only by the cold—and driven off.

The A2 was in most respects a conventional tractor airplane, except that it had the rotary engine set right at the forward edge of the two wings; forward of that again, in a nacelle or a sort of pulpit, stood a gunner with a machine gun. This nacelle, which hinged downward for access to the engine, was attached to the main frame of the aircraft by the kind of rig that surrounds an electric fan. The gunner's back was protected, in theory, by a metal screen. This contraption was not entirely satisfactory, especially from the gunner's point of view.

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