THE year which has seen the twenty‐fifth anniversary of the first flight in a mechanically propelled aeroplane, and the tenth birthday of the Royal Air Force, has been marked by notable technical achievements. It leaves us with good reasons to expect even better of 1929. While our hopes for a speed record were disappointed, on the analysed figures of the Supermarine S.5's achievement there is reason to believe that, on a longer course with effective provision against the unsatisfactory preliminary dive now allowed, the machine as it stands would beat all comers. The Fairey monoplane with which it is hoped to achieve something remarkable in duration is now flying. Details, even of the general proportions and weights of the machine, are still secret. One could write a great deal on the policy of secrecy in such matters. Attack is easier than defence, but defence by silence is effective up to a point, though it suggests an inability to depend on merits.
Farren, W.S. (1929), "Technical Progress—1928: Review of Years' Work shows Great Britain in Favourable Position with Regard to Development", Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 1 No. 1, pp. 9-10. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb029091
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