The following is an attempt to point out the importance of aircraft for the navy, and to discuss briefly the duties which they can perform. After some experience, both at home and abroad, I have been struck with the suspicion, and, in some cases, downright antagonism, with which some officers and others in authority among the Allied nations regard all naval aviation.
This has been carried to an extent which has seriously handicapped the flying personnel in carrying out duties outlined below; both because of failure to supply material and personnel, and also a general restriction of all aerial operations.
A great many officers who are far-seeing and progressive believe in the future of aviation, but they have only the haziest ideas as to what aircraft should and can, do.
Aircraft, due mainly to the reliability of the present-day motor and their large cruising radius, have now reached a point where, with skilled personnel, they can carry out all the duties outlined below.