The subject of " Aircraft in Warfare," with which Mr. Lanchester deals, highly controversial. scientific, it is The for still is, and some time
In each of
three aspects, the
the military, and the material or manufacturing, in
the stage of experiment and speculation.
results obtained cannot always be
the general public,
which are available have usually been set forth in terms so technical, either in a scientific or a military sense, as to be somewhat difficult for the general reader
Very little trustworthy information, therefore, has been disseminated, and the uninstructed public, hungry for information on a novel and alluring subject, to understand.
which the national importance
an easy prey
evident, has fallen
and aided by a ready pen or supple tongue, has been able to pose as an "aeronautical expert," and to find some kind of following. To those who, as a matter of duty, or in search of information, have perused the aeronautical discussions carried on in the Press, or the reports of such discussions elsewhere, the very word "expert" calls up a strange procession of inventors, politicians, motor - trade touts, journalists, trick -fliers, novelists and financial gifted with sufficient assurance,
agents, most of them, axe in hand, on the