How the First World War gave birth to British carrier aviation

In the years immediately preceding the First World War, Britain was determined to establish and develop its maritime air power. A year before the breakout out of war, Highflyer-class cruiser HMS Hermes, had been temporarily converted into a seaplane carrier to evaluate the feasibility of ship-borne operations. The vessel underwent rigorous modification, including the instillation of a canvas hangar to accommodate three aircraft during poor weather, and the replacement of her forward 6-inch gun with a tracked launching platform. Meanwhile, a derrick (lifting device) was erected to hoist the aircraft out of the water.

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