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Further general improvements came with the conversion from biplanes to monoplanes, with the additional speed more than compensating for the reduced lift. By the mids, drag was cut enormously by installing retractable landing gear, despite the newer gear’s greater production and maintenance costs. Another way to increase speed was to improve engine performance. At the beginning of World War I, the most powerful engine in general use was about eighty horsepower. At war’s end, the best practical engines put out about horsepower.
Chapter 3 The Bombers’ Technology Long-range bombing proponents within the Air Corps were captivated by aviation technology, and the futuristic vision of strategic bombing that they advocated reﬂected that enthusiasm. Nevertheless, their conception of strategic bombing in was considerably beyond the technological capabilities of the day. In order for the strategic-bombing vision to perform its military and bureaucratic functions, the Air Corps had to make it technologically feasible.
Charles T. Menoher, a former infantry oﬃcer—was not a pilot and consequently had no understanding of military aviation. The on-going feud eventually drove Menoher to resign the post in . Menoher’s replacement was Maj. Gen. Mason Patrick, another nonﬂier but a masterful administrator who had directed the Air Service toward the end of World War I. Patrick, however, turned out to be more independent than either Mitchell or the general staﬀ had expected. He refused Mitchell’s demands for special command prerogatives as senior ﬂying oﬃcer in the Air Service, upon which Mitchell threatened to resign.