The participation of the U. S. S. Los Angeles in the recent maneuvers in the waters of Panama awakened interest in lighter-than-air craft throughout the personnel of the fleet as nothing else could have done. For those in the defending force real interest was kindled first by her remarkable hops from the hangar at Lakehurst to her mobile base at the Patoka’s mast with only the briefest stay at Guantanamo. In almost the same time that they required to proceed from Guantanamo to Colon, the great airship jumped from far astern to far ahead —to the actual theater of operations.
Here was news which bumped a good many messroom conjectures concerning the Los Angeles into the proverbial cocked hat. Treaty provisions had forbidden her earlier use for any military purpose. She was now to be given an opportunity to demonstrate her possibilities of practical use with the fleet and her sudden presence there awaiting the further orders of the fleet commander started a haphazard discussion of this untried arm which should, if sifted to logical conclusion, benefit the service greatly.