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Re: Naval artillery observation
Posted by Staale Sannerud on September 22, 2017, 1:33:47, in reply to "Naval artillery observation"
One of the purposes of having planes aboard cruisers and battleships - besides the obvious one of scouting - was to spot the fall of shot at long ranges. The plane would be up high and radio targeting corrections back to the ship, considerable effort was put into getting this right in the interwar era. The technique wasn't used very much in WWII, but the Warspite did use its Swordfish plane for spotting during the second Narvik battle in 1940 for example.
Shipboard planes tended to be multiseat ones so the pilot could do the piloting thing and the other guy could do the spotting thing.
I would imagine that taking this pre-existing set of operational routines and applying it to static balloon usage would be a rather trivial task. The procedures were in place and personnel was already trained to do it.
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