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AEROPLANE VERSUS DIRIGIBLE.

ean manceuvre to remain in billiard phraseology, "snook ered" so far as the gondolas and their armament are con cerned. Beyond the above, the speed of the aeroplane is approximately double that of the airship, whereas the speed of a fast destroyer is not more than 25 or 30 superior to that of a fast and heavily-armoured battleship of modern type, and per cent cruiser or this even advantage is lost in heavy weather

It will be realised in considering the above facts. that the whole analogy breaks down-the continued existence of the battleship torpedo-craft does not in the least degree imply involve the continuance of the airship probability or cruiser in the face of or logical as a

September 11th, 1914

S 6. Aeroplane and Dirigiblc in Armed Conflict.. Having in the preceding sections devoted some attention to contrasting the respective merits and limitations of the aeroplaue and airship of the false analogy air forces and the Fleet, greater detail of their mutual relatiouship in matters of attack and defence. Firstly, it is evident that the attack will essentially be on the side of the aeroplane; the dirigible great disparity of speed alone, whatever arnament the airship may carry, settles this definitely; it is within the power of the aeroplane to choose precisely when, how and where it will engage in conflict. The dirigible, like the submarine, is too slow to run the enemy to earth or bring him to like the submarine, make itself invisible and attack by stealth. Beyond this, its quarry (the aeroplane) is of small size, often scarcely visible at a and when not actually in the air can dirigible, and to frequently drawn between the disposing or So we pass to the consideration in can do no more than act on the defensive. The bay, and, to its disadvantage, canuot, to mile or two distance,

be either concealed.

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