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Of Seattle, 50 planes of Boeing design; Aeromarine Co. of Keyport, N. , 200 planes of Willard design; Curtiss Co. of Buffalo, 15 Curtiss Model F's and 122 Curtiss R-6's. These orders were delivered at a reasonably satisfactory rate and the training of aviators was at no time held back seriously for lack of satisfactory training planes. With the training program well under way, it remained to determine what part naval aircraft would play in the war and then to provide the necessary material. At first it was not known whether the Navy would send aircraft abroad at all, but it was decided by September, 1917, that the Navy should operate 15 seaplane stations on the coasts of France and Ireland from which seaplanes would patrol the submarine infested coastal waters through which American troops and supply ships were to pass.

Its maximum speed is 106 miles per hour. Observation planes for spotting gunfire are of relatively low speed but long endurance. The maximum speed of 120 miles has been realized with a cruising range of five or six hours at reduced speed. It appears more important to have endurance in the air than high speed for this type. A service ceiling or altitude of 10,000 feet is considered necessary. The span and general size of the observation plane is limited by handling facilities aboard ship, and the total weight is limited by the capacity of the catapults.

The only standard fighter which has been developed to date is the TS type. The TS was designed by the design section of the Bureau of Aeronautics under the direction of Commander Hunsaker and the plane built by the naval aircraft factory and by the Curtiss Aeroplane Co. It is designed to give the smallest and most compact plane with the maximum facilities for take-down and erection aboard ship. All wires and turnbuckles in the wing bracing are eliminated to facilitate rapid erection. This type is equipped with an air-cooled, radial engine, the Wright J-1, rated at 200 horsepower.

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