Aeronautics: Divers' Eye

Even on a clear day the maximum periscopic range of a submarine's vision is only five nautical miles. Obvious solution is to equip the diver with detachable eyes —the airplane. Germany was first to recognize these facts and had at least one U-boat carrying an airplane at the end of the War. Great Britain now has many. The U. S. Navy tackled the problem in 1921, when a group of engineers headed by Professor Alexander Klemin, aerodynamics authority of New York University, built an experimental twin-float...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!