The values of various aeroplane groupings in times of peace and war. War flying was responsible for the introduction of formation flying on a large scale. All formations in the air are built up on the foundations provided by a leader and a sub-
You can read about the Art of Aerobatics in part 3.
Nine Hawker Harts Flying in V Formation
NINE HAWKER HARTS flying in V formation. Each pilot, except the leader, keeps station by watching closely the machine in front. So closely does the pilot have to watch the next machine that he flies by comparison with it and by nothing else; he may not even notice the ground. Thus the movements of the formation depend entirely on the leader.
Exploratory air journeys to and from Rangoon, the Cape and Australia undertaken by Sir Alan Cobham. On November 20, 1924, he set out on the first of his remarkable series of long-
A second article on Cobham’s flight around Africa appears in Part 23.
Tapered Monoplane Wing of the Hendy Heck
TAPERED MONOPLANE WING of the Hendy Heck, with the leading edge slot open and the flaps at the trailing edge down as for landing. A higher speed in the air is made possible by the use of the retractable undercarriage, which, when the aeroplane is in flight, is withdrawn into the cavities in the wings.
A Junkers Monoplane Used for Transporting Gold
A JUNKERS MONOPLANE used for transporting gold from the goldfields of New Guinea to the coast. This picture was taken at Lae Aerodrome, near the mouth of the Markham River. In 1927 Lae was made the base for aeroplanes taking miners and machinery to Wau, where the first mining centre was established. The distance to Wau was only about 70 miles, but the intervening country was difficult to traverse.