LIMITATIONS OF THE ZEPPELIN
I Appii-hensjnus of an mva.-ion of tins j country by Zeppelins, or even of a raid I upon us. would !■>'• considerably iiinditi.-d | if the limitation" of Cijs kind 'of -air.-raft. | were better understood isays tiie 'Keieh. i ley Nf-v.f''. In one s,--n.-c considerations ! of tin- navigability of the dirigible ilo not j apply Io an invasion. Sin b an cvnl is i far more icmole than the prospects of a:i invasion ley .-c.a. To land a. fo|.-<- of. .-av. ! 50,070 men the Genr.ans would iccpiiu jit | ka.--: I.OQO dirigibles, and a ;n;i.-s mi, hj as ; they would form wir-n io descend would make a:, easy li.ic/i-t for our ul'tlileiy. But beside- tiie.'e i■ori-idi. it. I i.,n< ■ the Germans .nave not or.c-'iftieti '•■! t of I the number <-f the airships t!;.-_ .vould 'jeoiiire. A sj.orad!' raid by a .--ingle ■ Zeppelin is more within lie- lionnds of possibility, hut an a'lve'it up- <i tin- kind i c beset «ith trouble, arising "-.it of the I .-1 riictura! nature of ;iie v-?.-••!. Tin- ! Zeiipeiin is. aft-"r ;.':. but a ir-i! ■ i-ift. ■<, ■ frail that it cannot 1c- moon-d in tiie open, .■and il can only lie iimH hi ji u t iciin.riy i advanligeon-. \-cathcr. Moicver. it nui- ; not link like a sailing vessel, .-o tiiat if lone niii'iagi-l lo , ro-s with a favorably |liiec/e. tilt (jue-lion oi its return .-igainst |.t '-on'.rarr wind •.could aiise, apart from ! any -pi"-iiou of the n-eepiion it [ret, j en route by aiinien or on arri\:d j'j oin our j -mis. in oil'.: of his recent books I with this ijue.-tion of the eti'.-M of tiei ■ -.'.-eat'ii r iipen the /e[-,p(-iin, .\lt ('. Turner, I ;n: aeronaut of some experience, says 1 hat i lhcr.j .-.re not. more than 80 days'in tics year at. the outside v. inn any airship travelling from Corm.iny to England could start with any hope of ever getting Ice I; again. This statement is based upon an examination of the meteorological conditions for many year.--, and. as v,e art- in the. season when b.vl weather may be expected at any time, there would s-coin to be few. if any. of those 80 days left this sid« of next May. Of course a (Tiring crew might take chain es, but their risks j would seem to be greater than ours. Clearly, then, although we do well u> | take preniitic'i.s against hostile aircraft, w6 have no nfed to !.-<• nervous.
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LIMITATIONS OF THE ZEPPELIN, Evening Star, Issue 15685, 26 December 1914
LIMITATIONS OF THE ZEPPELIN Evening Star, Issue 15685, 26 December 1914
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