EDITOR’S NOTE: The importance of aircraft for use in conjunction with the fleet is everywhere recognized. The present article is the third in recent months covering the types, mission, and employment of heavier-than-air machines. While separately prepared, the three articles, nevertheless dovetail into each other and fit together so that they may well be considered as a whole. Lieutenant Commander Ramsey, in the September issue, discussed material qualities of types with certain observations as to use. Lieutenant Commander Grow, in the March issue, discussed the general employment of formations and tactical principles governing battle doctrine. Lieutenant Wead, in the present article, discusses the use of individual types with certain observations as to material and general doctrine. The present article, therefore, links together the two preceding articles, and all three, taken together, fairly well cover individual types, the use of types, and general employment of air forces. THE heated controversy of aircraft versus the battleship seems to have momentarily subsided.
Naval Aviation Today
By Lieutenant Frank W. Wead, U. S. Navy