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It in craft in little possible for a passenger who has exceptional nerve and agility (and who has learned to fly), is to make his way from his own seat to that of the even while a machine is falling, and to take over the controls in time to prevent the machine being wrecked. Dual control is, nowadays, a standard fitting of the fighting machine. pilot, XVI Offensive Armament What we have written, so far, goes mainly to prove the value of speed. But another question supreme importance is that of offensive armaA machine such as the aeroplane, fast in but vulnerable, must be given weapons so flight of ment.

The any point within an enemy's territory which might appear most suitable, and which was least defended; stretch of coast, or on invading aircraft could land troops at THE WAR BY AIR 49 while the lines of communication of these troops, and their supplies, could be maintained by air. which act as transports must suffer from much the same vulnerability as do transport If they are to raise a number vessels on the sea. of men, they will be comparatively slow-flying; But aircraft and, in order to carry a maximum of useful load, they cannot be armed more than superficially, or their hulls protected.

And under conditions such as these, with so much that is experimental to be reckoned with, will there naturally a far greater risk of error, of things happening not as they were expected to is AIR POWER 46 happen, than there is, say, with the well-matured plans, based on years of experience, which are employed in land or sea warfare. It is reasonable to argue, in fact, that in any war of the future, aerial forces meet for the first time in action when on a grand scale, one such air fleet, handledf perhaps more dexterously than its rival, or with its armament more destructive, may inflict on its opponent a defeat which is conclusive.

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