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Airships in Peace and War
Being the Second Edition of Aerial Warfare

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  • Date Published: June 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108061551

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  • In 1908, the motoring journalist R. P. Hearne published Aerial Warfare, the first book on the subject to reach an audience beyond military strategists. Enormous advances in aviation resulted in the publication of this substantially revised edition in 1910. At a time of intense European military rivalry, the book highlighted differences in the way countries were adopting new aerial technology. Hearne makes the assumption that conflict with Germany at some point is inevitable, and identifies the airship as 'practically an invisible enemy'. At this point Germany had ten airships compared to Britain's one, and while the British regarded them as useful only for reconnaissance, the Germans had identified potential offensive uses. Reviews commended the book for its depth and numerous illustrations, but also suggested it was alarmist and anti-German. However, it brought the subject to wider attention, and was a factor behind the government's decision to invest properly in aviation research.

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    • Date Published: June 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108061551
    • length: 488 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.62kg
    • contains: 75 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to second edition
    Introductory
    Foreword
    1. Flying machines
    2. Balloons
    3. Dirigible balloons
    4. Balloons in warfare
    5. Feasibility of airships
    6. Applications and limitations
    7. Aerial fleets
    8. Armament
    9. Terrestrial forces against airships
    10. War in the air
    11. Over-sea operations
    12. Can England be raided?
    13. Coast and colonial defence, tropical expeditions, etc.
    14. Aerial navigation
    15. Aerial law
    Appendices
    16. The commercial uses of airships
    17. Aeroplane progress in 1909
    18. Aeroplane racing
    19. Aeroplanes of the year, and aeroplane records
    20. Future developments in flying machines
    21. The Wright military trials
    22. Dirigible balloons in 1909, and airship fleets of the world
    Index.

  • Author

    R. P. Hearne

    Introduction by

    Hiram Stevens Maxim

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