Author: Harry Woodman
Early Aircraft Armament. The Aeroplane and the Gun up to 1918
Smithsonian Institution Press
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A true history of early aircraft armament would cover all the minor diversions and descriptions of experimental work. However, the purpose of this book is to concentrate on equipment which was in general use, and although the term 'armament' covers all kinds of weaponry, including bombs, rockets and torpedoes, it is the gun and the artifacts connected with it which form the subject of this work. The story of aircraft armament up to 1918 is more complicated then might be imagined. This was a period of improvisation on a large scale and on experimental (and sometimes desperate) measures taken to meet everchanging circumstances. Within the limitations of this work it is only possible to cover that which was in operational use as indicated by documentation and photographic evidence.