National Geographic : 1924 Jul
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Official Photograph, U. S . Navy THE EYES OF THE FLEET Aircraft participated with the Fleet more extensively than ever before in last winter's maneuvers which centered around the Panama Canal and Culebra Island. In addition to the squadrons which operate as separate units, some battleships are equipped with planes which are carried on board and launched from the deck by catapults. The squadrons returned to their home port at Hampton Roads headed by the PN-7, flag plane of the Scouting Fleet Squadrons. yons; locate schools of fish and take sight-seers over the Alps. The British Government has turned over its administration of central Iraq (Mesopotamia) to the Royal Air Force, while French officials make colonial in spection trips in airplanes, and our own Marine Corps uses airplanes for police work and garrison duty in Haiti. Recently, in our own country, the first aerial stowaway was arrested, a machinist attracted passing attention by using a plane for his honeymoon, and commercial concerns offered their aircraft to the Post Office Department as "strike-breakers" in the face of a threatened railroad strike. National Geographic Society members have a special interest in aviation. In deed, the long-time members of The So- ciety, as they look back through their files at the early attention paid to aeronautics and the important findings first published in their Magazine, justifiably feel them selves sustaining pioneers of aviation. Their GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE has been enriched by remarkable examples of aerial photography, and they have enjoyed aviators' contributions to the literature of travel, such as Sir Ross Smith's mem orable narrative of his London-to-Aus tralia voyage,* and Captain St. Clair Streett's account of the United States Army's Air Squadron flight from New York to Nome, Alaska, previously men tioned. * See "From London to Australia by Aero plane," by Sir Ross Smith, K. B . E., in THE GEOGRAPHIC for March, 1921. 122 " ~-"~- "