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A historical past of British naval aviation from the baby days of the 1st landings on floating airstrips via naval air ideas within the Falklands War.
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When Tracy set up a system of bonus payments for exceeding specifications to encourage the firms to produce the new alloys, the Navy had to have a controlled, objective, and organized system of standardized tests. Those tests could be conducted only by comparing the penetrating power of similar shells fired from similar guns against the various grades of armor plate. An isolated, yet nearby locale was essential, run by ordnance officers and possessing the intellectual and technological resources for careful, measured evaluation of the product.
The solvents slightly slowed the burning rate and accounted for the good performance of the powder that had been produced with a slightly higher nitration rate than the chemical ideal. 80 percent. 15 POWDER FACTORY: INDUSTRIAL MANAGEMENT In 1900 powder manufacturing by the Navy in its own facility was a major break with the past. Although the Navy had operated "factories" before 1900, such as the gun factory in Washington and the torpedo factory in Newport, the 24 Early Powder Manufacturing and Ordnance Testing Indian Head plant represented a somewhat different kind of operation.
On the one hand, large shells loaded with bursting charges would be developed to help in the clearing of the unarmored portion of enemy ships; on the other, the development of high-velocity hardened shells would be pursued to perfect armor-piercing shells. " He also recommended that tubular Harveyed steel be used for the construction of shells with a bursting charge. 40 In 1893 Dashiell moved on to an assignment at the Philadelphia Naval Yard, while he worked on securing the accrued royalties from the patented breech.