Fighting the Bolsheviks: The Russian War Memoir of Private by Neil G. Carey

By Neil G. Carey

It was once conflict at its worst.

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Of 400 engineers and technical men, not more than ten had had previous airplane experience. By executive order of August 23, 1917, special classes of employees were exempt from competitive examination, but others were obtained in accordance with Civil Service regulations. T HE NAF log indicates that the first women employees went to work in December in the Inspection Department, inspecting turnbuckles. Special efforts were made to use and train women employees, and on April 10, 1918, the women’s apprenticeship school opened at the factory.

But the Navy’s first carrier pigeons were of Belgian, French and British origin, obtained in a 1917-18 “lendlease” “Peerless Pilot,” shown in profile at upper deal. S. NAS Pauillac. Pilots were taught to throw the birds up or down to avoid props, depending upon the aircraft model, while the British tossed their birds in bags in order to minimize feather damage. Naval Air maintained 12 pigeon stations in France with 1,508 trained, young and in-training birds on hand at the time of the Armistice.

In addition to this specially designed aircraft, N-9’s were also converted for automatic operation as flying bombs that were closely related to the guided missile of today. 14—A major step in assuring the success of the Navy’s WW I aircraft production program was taken when the Secretary of War, Newton D. ” 15—A Committee on Light Alloys, with Naval Constructor J. C. Hunsaker a member, was established within the NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) to intensify the effort to develop light metal alloys for aeronautical use.

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