By R P Hearne; Hiram Stevans Maxim, Sir

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ITALIAN DIRIGIBLE, NO. I . THE "REPUBLIC" THE ITALIAN MILITARY DIRIGIBLE, . xlviii , NO. 2 278 . . 286 288 288 290 290 296 . 296 . 299 ... t 284 j t , 306 310 312 AERIAL WARFARE THE HEIGHT OF SPE C U LAT GEORGE CKUIKSHANK {i''3\ijj! tJu N" Groundless Expectations. 1 S i-0i7t\ tioi: IDEALS IN AIRSHIPS of Mr. Jclui Laiic} AERIAL WARFARE CHAPTER I FLYING MACHINES THE amongst conquest of the air must have been the earHest ambitions of mankind, and of all forms of locomotion it has presented the most baffling problems.

Balloons, however, have been and must be used in war, and if they are fair Foreword equitable that airships by the enemy it is only should have the right to discharge projectiles. I targets to be shot at make war more show to that terrible, its agree that airships but I very terror will have endeavoured delay an out- will break. Airships will also render warfare ised in destruction its (that is more local- say, more to By humane), more decisive, and more rapid. skilfully directing artillery fire, location of enemies' positions, by more accurate and by the dis- charge of aerial projectiles the destruction will be more closely restricted to the combatants, and there will be far less of that cruel slaughter of non-combatants and that widespread and useless destruction of property which are likely to result from ordinary methods of warfare.

My treatment of the subject I have placed machines first, since they were obviously the earliest form of aerial locomotion to be suggested to man's mind, and under the term flying machine I shall include all those devices which are heavier than air, and which rise in the air by mechanical means. The full tragedy and pathos of the many In flying 4 il O 5 o Z Flying Machines attempts to devise flying machines has not yet been brought out by the historian of aeronautics, for it was only within recent years that we were able to analyse the relative worth of the various contrivances and theories, and thus mark out for men who were the discoverers really useful.

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