National Geographic : 1918 Jan
© Brown & Dawson THE TYPE OP TAUBE WHICH MADE TIIE FIRST AIR RAIDS ON PARIS This plane, whose outspread tail and rounded wings so closely resemble those of a bird, is too slow to contend with the 1918 type of 125-miles-an-hour machine which is now a com monplace of the Western Front. It is to the latest speedster warplane what the "one-lunger" automobile of fifteen years ago is to the 12-cylinder racer of today. This style airplane still has its uses in the aviation schools, however. necks. Their conversation is an eye opener for a new arrival. Mostly about Paris, permissions, and the rue de Braye, but occasionally about work and that is interesting. Nonchalant doesn't express it. When Bridgy got shot up, as men tioned above, they all kidded the life out of him, and when he got the Croix de Guerre, they had him almost in tears just because he's the kiddable kind. But in talking about the work, for in stance, Jim Hall: "I piqued on him with full motor and got so darn close to him that when I wanted to open fire I was so scared of running into him that I had to yank out of the way and so never fired a single shot." Or Lufberry just mentions in passing that he got another Boche this morning, but those -- observer people won't give him credit for it. He has 14 official now and probably twice as many more never allowed him. Some days ago during the attack he had 7 fights in one day, brought down 6 of them and got credit for one; which must be discouraging.