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Cuddio Rhestr Erthyglau

10 erthygl ar y dudalen hon

1. "GADGETS."

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Dyfynnu
Rhannu

1. "GADGETS." [By L. A. R.] I To the flying man, the introduction of a new "gadget" is always an event of in- terest. For the benefit of the uninitiated, let it be explained that "gadget" is llw term applied to any contrivance with which the aeroplane is fitted. Naturally, with the constant elabora- tion and improvement of the aircraft of to- day, the tendency i* to increase "gadgets'' at a great rate. Both the pilot's and the observer's cockpits contain many of them. For instance, there are all the ordinary instruments of flight—the thermometer, altimeter, side-slip indicator, revclution- counter, air-speed indicator, pressure petrol gauge, compass and clock. Thoti there are machine-grins, with their special compensating sights, the different bomb gadgets, the Very light pistol, signalling apparatus, telephone and Flying at increasingly great heights has rendered necessary the provision of electri- cally warmed clothing, and, on account of difficulty of breathing, the supply of oxy- gen outfits. This means more "gadgets' for the former, an accumulator, wires and switches; for the latter, masks, tubes and regulator. the c, f Night flying has entailed the fitting of :> .¡ -J :> various lights; and infantry contact work has added a Klaxon horn and various other oddments which need not be particularised. There is not a great deal of room in the cockpit of a two-seater machine, and the observer, covered by his thick clothing, thigh boots, helmet, goggles, safety belt, and aforesaid electric warming and oxygen supply outfits, is apt, when jumping round to manipulate his gun, to speak disrespect- ,4LIl l y cf his ?" ,aci ,ets. '? fully of his" gadgets," But in his calmer m )ments, knowing how necessary each one  that a thOlJO'htful .s. he is duly grateful that a thoughtful administration is so solicitous of his wel- fare as to provide every new "gadget'' that science can devise to increase his safety and add to the efficiency of his work. Very necessary as are all these compli- cated adjuncts, their provision imposes a heavy strain on the productive capacity of the aircraft factories. Without the loyal co-operation of the workers, the supply of these "gadgets'' to our flying men would become impossible; and thus once again is demonstrated the close interdependence that must of necessity exist between the fighting services at the front and the pro- duction workers at home.

II. THE MOTHER.

BY THE WAY. I

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-A -PRESENT -FROM PALESTINE.

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