The Aeroplane Spotter, April 9th 1942

Vol. III. No. 55 V\ u ,Proprietors: TEMPLE PRESS LTD. Managing Director: ROLAND E. DANGERFIELD Head Office: BOWLING GREEN LANE. LONDON. E.C.i Telephone: TERminus 3636 llllllllllllllllllllllllllllllilllflilllll Incorporating the Bulletins ot The Royal Observer Corps Club and The National Association of Spotters’ Clubs Edited by PETER. G .MAS E FIELD M.A. (Eng.) Cantab A.F.R.Ae.S Technical Editor o "THE AEROPLANE:1 APRIL 9,1942 FOR THE ALERT iiiiiiiiiriiiiMHiiiiiiiiiniffiiiiiitifiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii ALTERNATE THURS DAYS OF ALL NEWS AGENTS O R DIRECT FROM THE PUBLISHERS. POSTAGE PAID 12 Month* 8 /H•) StouUu 4 4 a Mouths 2 / J llllllllllllllllllllllll.'llllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll O N TEST.— A captured Junkers Ju 88 a «now infilling this country with R.A.F. markings. With full fuel and bomb load the top speed has been found to be 248 m.p.h. at 16,000 ft. Without bombs the top speed is 281 m.p.h. at 16,000 ft. and the service ceiling 26,700 Theft. Ju 8 8 au differs from the earlier inversions that its span has been inrreased to 63 ft. 7 ins. The maximum bomb load of the machine is about 4,400 lb. and, with full tanks, the wing loading is 49 lb. per sq. ft. FEW PEOPLE, apart from those intimately concerned, realise the fine work being done for aircraft recognition by the Recognition Schools in the Services and the several officially sponsored units now engaged in the preparation of recognition films. In the past a good deal of criticism has been directed against Scrvice methods of instruction and in some of this we have shared where there have been particular instances of instruction on insufficient knowledge. There are, how­ever, at least six Schools of the Navy, Army and Air Force which are doing magnificent work and tackling it with enthusiasm and original ideas. These Schools have received little credit for the valuable work they are doing. Like all other institutions which are making a success of their job, mnch of the inspiration and drive comes from individual enthusiasm—in these instances from the Commandants to the most junior of "other ranks.” The aim of these Schools is not instruction in aircraf' recognition us such, but the training of instructors in the methods of spreading the gospel of aircraft recognition on a wider scale within units. Naturally, the methods must vary between the different aspects of the subject peculiar to the various Services, but the foundations remain the same. The position is very much like that which led to the upsetting of the old Central Flying School which was formed from a mixed personnel of sailors, soldiers, marines, and civilians, officers and other ranks, under Air Marshal Sir Godfrey Paine, as its first Commandant, and Marshal of the Royal Air Force Lord Trenchard, then— in 1912— Captain Paine, R.N .,and Major Trenchard. All worked together and built up a great tradition of keenness, which has become the tradition of the R.A .F. The Staff of the C.F.S. are still the people who instruct instructors how to instruct. And just as having been on the Staff of the C.F.S. means that there is no higher level which a man can reach as a pilot and instructor in piloting, soto be on the Staff of one of the Service Schools of Aircraft Recognition should brand a man as a supreme exponent of the art of aircraft recognition. One day, perhaps, we may have a Central School of Aircraft Recognition for training instructors, at which all the Services, the Royal Observer Corps, the Raid Spotters and the Air Training Corps will be represenled, and from which instructors will be turned out to ‘teach the highest standard of aircraft recognition throughout the country. The C.F.S. owed its origin to Mr. Winston Churchill, then First Lord of the Admiralty. Somebody in a similar position to-day should cut through the prejudices of the Services and found the sorely needed C.S.A.R., for which the individual Service Schools to-day could provide a ke^n, intelligent, knowledgeable and ready-made Staff.
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