An Aviator's Field Book Being the Field Reports of Oswald Bolcke, from August 1, 1914 to October 28, 1916

An Aviator s Field Book Being the Field Reports of Oswald Bolcke from August to October An unassuming book still one of those which grip the reader from beginning to end When the author started to write his daily impressions and adventures it was to keep in touch with his people to qu

  • Title: An Aviator's Field Book Being the Field Reports of Oswald Bolcke, from August 1, 1914 to October 28, 1916
  • Author: Oswald Boelcke
  • ISBN: 9781547188772
  • Page: 154
  • Format: Paperback
  • An Aviator's Field Book Being the Field Reports of Oswald Bolcke, from August 1, 1914 to October 28, 1916

    An unassuming book, still one of those which grip the reader from beginning to end When the author started to write his daily impressions and adventures, it was to keep in touch with his people, to quiet those who feared for his safety every moment, and at the same time to give them a clear idea of his life Without boasting, modestly and naturally, he describes the advenAn unassuming book, still one of those which grip the reader from beginning to end When the author started to write his daily impressions and adventures, it was to keep in touch with his people, to quiet those who feared for his safety every moment, and at the same time to give them a clear idea of his life Without boasting, modestly and naturally, he describes the adventures of an aviator in the great World War It could well serve as a guide to those who are studying aviation Although he has avoided the stilted tone of the school master, still his accomplishments as a knight of the air must fascinate any who know aviation For the aviators as well as their machines have accomplished wonders They are rightly called the eyes of the army these iron nerved boys who know no fear Admiral Schley s historic words after the battle of Santiago There will be honor enough for us all can well be said of the aviators of all nations now at war For in spite of all enmity the aviators have followed the knightly code of old which respects a good opponent and honors him Captain Bolcke s death, after his meteoric career, was mourned alike by friend and foe Great as is the damage done by this war, horrible as is its devastation, it has acted as a tonic on aviation Before the war, of course, there had been some achievements of note Since the day when the Wright brothers announced their conquest of the air, man did not rest till the problem was completely solved And this war, which continually has spurred man to new murderous inventions, has also seen the airplane in action While at the start of the war the comparatively few airplanes in use were employed as scouts, a few months saw them fitted with machine guns and devices for dropping explosives Hand in hand with this came the rapid development of the airplane itself To day we can truthfully say that a journey, even a long one, by airplane is less dangerous than an automobile ride through a densely populated district But one thing we must not forget, even though the invention of the airplane by the Wrights is an American one in spite of the fact that the Wrights give some credit to the German Lilienthal the Europeans have far outstripped us in the development of this invention As sad as it is to say it, we must admit that in regard to aviation America is still in its infancy Every European nation has outdone us When, in the summer of 1916, we sent our troops to Mexico, they had only six old machines at their disposal Instead of relying on these for information, General Pershing had nothing but anxiety for their safety every time they made a flight But here, too, if all signs are not deceiving, war has helped us to awake Aside from the activity in our training schools where thousands of our young men, surpassed by none anywhere, are being trained, the building of our airplanes is taking a great step forward The experience gained on the other side is helping us here At first it was the automobile factory that furnished the satisfactory motor But now through the war the airplane factories have made enormous progress and helped the aviator to attain new marks in speed, reliability and endurance While this war lasts every improvement in the airplane is utilized to make added destruction Yet we can not doubt that after the war we will see further progress made in the airplane in the peaceful contests which are to follow INTRODUCTION By Prof Hermann Bolcke, Dessau Oswald Bolcke was born on the 19th of May, 1891, in Giebichenstein, a suburb of Halle on the Saale Here his father was professor in the high school His sister, Luise, and his two brothers, Wilhelm and Heinrich, were born before him in Buenos Ayres, Argentina There his father had had his first position rector of the German Lutheran School.

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