Hms city of oxford

Discussion in 'History' started by Dubb_al_Ibn, Apr 20, 2013.

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    Just come across from ARRSE to see if anyone can help me with a naval aviation question. According to the above link, HMS City of Oxford was attached to the Red Sea Patrol at the start of 1918, acting as a sea plane carrier.

    My question is, would the aircraft be in direct radio comms with the ship when they were deployed on recce flights ?

    Any help would be most appreciated. Thanks,

  2. In a manner of speaking......yes. Early FAA pilots wern't very well educated by todays standards. To keep weight down and to maintain contact with the aircraft communication was facilitated by two tin cans with a very long piece of string.
    Hence the term "Stringbags" . Scouse our resident aeronautical authority will supply any further technical advice should it be needed
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2013
  3. Fascinating link. Thank you for that. That gives me a few more leads to follow up.


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