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  • By Alfonso Bertodano
    Nov 21, 2012
    Although this comment is a belated one, Stephen John Erskine must be congratulated on his long-overdue effort to fathom the early days of the RFC under Sir David Henderson. The RFC was initially but the means to an end, which was acquisition of information about enemy movements and positions from an abnormal height. Before the Wright Brothers’ first heavier-than-air flight, Henderson’s imagination must have been fired by lighter-than-air observation platforms, balloons. Has the gradual development of his technical thinking perhaps been overlooked? For me this has been a most interesting read. The article “Sir David Henderson, Father of the Royal Air Force”, by H.A. Jones, M.C., was published by the JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE COLLEGE with a short initial comment in brackets that calls for some sort of explanation: "[ This is the only authentic account of Sir David Henderson’s career that is likely to appear fo several years.— EDITOR. ]" One wonders why no other... More > “authentic” account was likely to appear. Why should subsequent accounts be unlikely or unauthentic? Does the prediction smack of censorship of a sort at some unknown level? What was it that Henderson had, in the event, done, and to whom, to have deserved such injustice? Jones did quite a lot of work on his attempted biography, but rather suddenly felt deflated. Had he received intimations that Henderson's memory should be allowed to fade? These are just a few of the reasons why the subject should be delved into at greater length.< Less
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August 19, 2011
Hardcover (casewrap)
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.32 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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