AERONAUTICS: Towing Targets

Air Service pilots receive nasty assignments. Last week five officers had the dangerous task of towing target gliders 500 yards behind them, while anti-aircraft guns fired away in pitch darkness broken intermittently by searchlights. The gunners destroyed three of the target gliders, demonstrating the effectiveness of anti-aircraft defense even at night, and the fliers came down safely. But the slightest miscalculation would have meant death. Hundreds of persons at Willoughby Beach and Old Point Comfort (Va.) witnessed the manuevers, heard shells burst 5,000 feet above their heads.


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