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Aviators and Squalls

Nature volume 85, pages 322323 (05 January 1911) | Download Citation



ON looking through the now formidable list of fatalities which mark the progress, and the dangers, of aviation, the reader is often struck by the number of accidents where the reason for the capsize of the machine is not apparent. “Holes in the air” is the explanation frequently tendered, but it seems more than probable that sudden gusts, or squalls, at critical moments may be the real factors causing the trouble. For this reason an article by M. Durand-Gréville in the December (1910) number of the Bulletin de la Société astronomique de France is of interest.

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