Aircraft in War and Peace

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009 - History - 84 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XII A NEW ERA Surveying from a broad standpoint the substantial changes, retrogressions, and advances wrought by the War, the progress made in various other directions does not appear nearly so important or of such fundamental value as the development which has taken place in aeronautics. The reasons why this may not yet be fully realised are clear. The immediate improvement being purely in regard to military aircraft, the details of which are naturally kept secret, most people are more or less ignorant of its true significance or even mere existence except what they have learned from statements in the papers. They have not, as it were, come into personal contact with any signs of progress, although every one is enormously impressed with aircraft as an instrument of war, and thoroughly convinced of its indispensability as such. Even those people who may be vaguely aware of the great expansion and improvement in the flying services are so occupied with thoughts of the War that they do not stop to think of the effect which this evolution will have on civilian aeronautics when peace comes. A moment's reflection will show the true importance of aviation compared to nearly all the other sciences used in the campaign. After all, great armies and navies and their appurtenances, necessary as they are, do not increase the total sum of human happiness by one jot except inasmuch as they sometimes preserve peace; for but few of the appliances which are perfected to serve the purposes of warfare have any use outside those purposes, so that aviation is a rare exception in this respect. Indispensable though they be, of what real value in times of peace are the submarine, the high-explosive shell, or the sixteeninch howitzer? But consider the perfection of flying...

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