If a naval aviator is to be of real military value he must be thoroughly competent in three phases of his specialty. Obviously the first of these requirements is that his airmanship be of high quality. He must be able to perform the most difficult of aërial maneuvers with the effortless ease of an expert. Logically, the second requisite is that he be able to leave a carrier or a shore base in his plane and proceed directly and unerringly to the vicinity of his objective. In other words he must be a thoroughly competent aërial navigator. Then, after locating his enemy, he must be able to accomplish the different forms of aërial attack or observation. A deficiency in any of these essentials reduces his over-all military value to a degree where it is questionable whether he can be classified as an asset or a liability.
A Neglected Phase of Naval Aviation
By Lieutenant Logan C. Ramsey, U. S. Navy