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Lessons Learned: The First Maritime Aviation Experience

W h e n the First World War broke out, the aeroplane was in its technical infancy. A practical flying machine had existed for only a couple of years, but the impetus of war was such that by the end of hostilities in 1918, most of the problems associated with maritime aviation had been dis­ covered, and considerable progress made towards solving them. Yet, in the time between the two wars, virtually nothing was done to advance the science of maritime aviation, so that the technology, in particular, with which Coastal Command entered war in 1939 was, in many respects, essentially the same as that perfected by the Royal Naval Air Service.