2009-08-27 17:55:08 UTC
book, written in 1909, which describes, amongst other things, the
aircraft carrier, depth charges and anti-aircraft artillery.
The logic is enlightening. Here is a man who flew his own heavier than
aircraft 50 meters and 100 meters in 1882. He reasons that targets may
be too far from a home base so an aircraft carrier is the logical
answer. He describes a totally smooth deck, raised high enough so the
waves don't effect the airplanes, storage below this flight deck of
the airplanes, an elevator large enough to carry an airplane with
folded wings to the flight deck, at least one aircraft always held
ready for immediate take off in case of a surprise attack. And so
He sees all air ops done with the carrier moving at speed, even the
very slow planes of 1909 would use all of the landing surface at a
dead stop. He talks of "bulwarks", some form of padded solid barrier
to catch aircraft that go beyond the landing area. He envisions plane
guards, launches running fore and aft to recover pilots who fall from
He envisions 100 kg and 200 kg bombs for use against the enemy fleet.
He even states that the aiming point should be below the waterline.
The same with shells. His depth charges seem to have no target in 1909
but certainly did in 1914-8.
A fun book, available for as little as $1.99 from Alibris
There are chapters (he calls them "notes") on aviation subjects:
airplanes, bases, vertical artillery, air lanes, schools, and
strategy. He misses a few rounds but basically describes military
aviation and its naval future pretty well.