|Black Bags & Seagulls
In 1914, Britain's Admiral Sir Frederick Inglefield
proposed some novel approaches for submarine defense. One plan involved
two-man teams patrolling the shoreline in motor launches. When they
sighted a periscope, one man was to place a black bag over the periscope
and the other was to shatter the glass with a hammer. Even more bizarre
was an attempt to train seagulls to defecate on periscopes, thereby
obscuring the sub's vision. A "training camp" was briefly--and
presumably unsuccessfully--operated at Poole Harbor in Dorset. (This
Aerocature was created for Naval Institute Proceedings, July 2001.)
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- 12/2/14: The 2015 Aerocatures(tm) Calendar is now available!
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- 8/17/14: Hank Caruso was on-hand on the USS Theodore Roosevelt for
history in the making! The US Navy's X-47 UCAS, nicknamed "Iron Raven," underwent its first
fleet integration tests. Read more about the historic day here.