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Tho actual strength of the German Flying j Force !im been in dispute since the war broke out (says the ‘Westminster Gazette’), but the mystery is cUarrd up by the figures given in ‘’All the World’s Aiiciaft,’ which show that the strength in monoplanes and biplanes is considerably less than most people imagined The details arc all the morn interesting in that their accuracy is guaranteed. The aeroplane force is as follows: Monoplanes bought in 1912: 20 Bristol, i Uoruer, 2 Finch Taube, 2 Grads, 6 Italian. 20 Mars, 40 Bumpier Taube. Total, 91. Biplanes bought iu 1912: 50 Albatross, 12 Aviatik, 30 Euler, 10 Otlo, 2 L.V.G., 10 Mars, 6 Wrights. Tvna!, 120. Monoplanes bought in 1913: Albatross, Aviatik,' Bristol, D F.W., Fokker, Gochaer, Jtamiia, Bumpier. Total, 120 machines. Biplanes bought in 1913: A.E.G., Albatross, Aviatik, Bristol, D.F.W., Euler, L.V.G., Otto. Total, 120 machines. Tho number bought or ordered in 1914 is sa'd to bo sufficient to replace all the 1912 machines, iu which case the total number of army dyers uviihiblc at the commencement of hostilities would be about 475. Tho number if privi tcly-owned aeroplanes in Germany is not largo, and under the new regulations’ tha machines must be entirely German manufacture, with ample and comfortable seating accommodation for pilot and passenger, in addition to which they must he fitted with motors not oxen ding 100 h.p., and capable of a speed of at least 56 miles per hour. Facilities for bomb-dropping and photographic apparatus must also bo provided. The number of German army aviators up to March. 1314, was 198, and of private avia- | tors about 500, most of whom are available for war duties. In addition, there must be added the navy aeroplanes, totalling 14 old and 52 new machines, in 1913, and 36 seaplanes in 1914. The naval aviators numbered 12 up to Marsh, 1913, and 10 enlisted between April, 1913, and March, 1914.

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GERMAN FLYING FORCE, Issue 15638, 31 October 1914

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GERMAN FLYING FORCE Issue 15638, 31 October 1914

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