Deck landings and catapulted machines enable aircraft to act as the eyes of the Navy. The interest in naval flying is very great, an interest that began so many years ago when what was then known as the Royal Naval Air Service was established. The RNAS was incorporated with the Royal Flying Corps on April 1, 1918, the two branches thereafter being known as the Royal Air Force. Several readers who can look back to service in the RNAS are among the correspondents who have expressed their enthusiasm for Wonders of World Aviation.
Capt. Norman Macmillan, who has contributed this chapter, has just published another book, The Chosen Instrument, and in it sets out to prove that the bombing aeroplane can become the instrument of world peace. The Editor comments, “Although I do not agree with him, I read his forceful arguments with more than ordinary interest. My own view is that no invention will create a state of world peace -
You can read more on aircraft carriers in Shipping Wonders of the World.
Aircraft Carrier HMS Glorious
AIRCRAFT CARRIER HMS GLORIOUS, converted from a cruiser in 1930. An aircraft carrier is more than a floating aerodrome. She is a naval unit, complete with crew for handling the ship and manning her guns. The superstructure, including funnel and bridge, is arranged at one side of the vessel to give as much clear space as possible for the flying deck.
How light members are assembled to produce strong airframes. There has been a good deal of controversy from time to time over the question of the use of wood or metal in aircraft construction, mainly because of enthusiasts in either camp, but it is our business in this work to review any controversial topic impartially and to bring together the results of all experience. Marcus Langley, who was trained in metallurgy and naval architecture, and is the author of Metal Aircraft Construction and Seaplane Float and Hull Design (Pitman), contributes to this part a chapter on metal construction which introduces the subject very ably. The advantages of metal are presented lucidly by this author without prejudice or bias, for he is well aware that wood has its place and, in certain circumstances, may be more desirable than metal. It was natural that wood should be chosen in the early days of experiment, for it was more easily handled and appeared to be the lightest material available for its strength; there was then no question of mass production at speed.
Examples of Modern Construction Methods
EXAMPLES OF MODERN CONSTRUCTION METHODS. On the left is a representative type of fuselage joint, part of a Czechoslovak military biplane. The joint is made up of plates and machined fittings connected together with pins, bolts and tubular rivets. On the right is a section of an Armstrong Whitworth high-