National Affairs: Thunderbolts

"The passing of the battleship; the coming of the aeroplane" often affirmed (and equally often denied) is again to be put to the test. The Virginia and the New Jersey, 17-year-old greybeards of the navy, will bear the brunt of the experiment. During the last two weeks of August the vessels will be taken out, off the Virginia Capes, and army aviators from Langley Field will do their best to make that spot the graveyard of the two men-of-war.

In 1921 somewhat similar tests were made. A joint board of the Army and Navy...

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