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.
How light members are assembled to produce strong airframes. The advantages of metal are presented lucidly in this chapter without prejudice or bias, for 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.