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Three Confidential Documents of the US War Department and a Series of Photographs Depicting WWI Aircraft (US Airforce)
Washington: , 1918. Washington, 1918. Three confidential documents of the War Department, which comprise detailed reports, several drawings and a noteworthy series of photographs copied onto leafs. Folio, 36, 20, 4 pages, respectively, plus 37 photographs copied onto 16 separate leafs, each image numbered and captioned. Lacking three leaves of images, minor fraying to extremities, otherwise complete and in Very Good Condition. Three official reports from the War Department in Washington, dated January, March, July 1918 respectively, two being written by early U.S. military aviator and Lieutenant Colonel, Thurman Harrison Bane, who played a key role in establishing U.S. Air Force research and development. The latter documents are from the Office of the Chief Signal Officer, Major General George Owen Squier, who was instrumental in the establishment of the Aeronautical Division, U.S. Signal Corps, the first organizational ancestor of the US Air Force. The primary document, contains 36 pages typed data with sketch drawings, plus 16 pages of photographic images, is a reconnaissance work pertaining to German Aeronautics, drawing from the work Jean Lagorgette titled 'Aviation and the War'. Lieutenant Colonel Bane forms an exhaustive assessment with precise specifications and illustrative drawings. Technically detailed, these pages uncover virtually every aspect of construction and operation of several aeroplanes, such as wing design, fuselage, controls, motors, to the feature of utmost consequence for survival and conquest in war - its armament. German manufacturers are named throughout. Aircraft include the Albatros-Flugzeugwerke supply plane, the relatively advanced reconnaissance unit Roland, the Halberstadt fighter, the AEG Type G.IV biplane bomber modeled after the Wright Brothers biplane, the LVG bomber, the DFW reconnaissance aircraft, the Dutch Fokker monoplane, and the Gotha - a heavy night bomber used by the Luftstreitkräfte (Imperial German Air Service) and designed for long range service. The photographs primarily illustrate the famous Nieuport 11 (Bébé) Fighter, which has been touted to be the first "true" Allied fighter of WWI. American squadrons are seen mounting various guns to her. Deriving in part from the design of a racing aircraft, the tiny single seat aircraft became a catalyst in ending the 'Fokker Scourge' or rather, German dominance in WWI aviation. Also shown are the Sopwith aircraft used by the British Royal Air Force, the French Caudron, and the French reconnaissance and light bomber Farman. The second document is a course outline for American schools of military aeronautics, during the First World War, with subjects such as military discipline, signalling, gunneries, theories of flight, nomenclature, meteorology, rigging and mechanical repair, engines, and aerial tactics. The third and final document lists points of interest on cloud flying. In May 1918 Lieutenant Bane was made responsible for "procuring technical specifications for all aircraft and their equipment, and appraising the Army of their value" as head of the Technical Section of the Department of Military Aeronautics. This forms part of his most excellent work. In August the same year, one month after the primary document seen here, he was promoted to Colonel. .
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