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The flying service is With now highly specialized. Men are called upon to perform widely diversified classes of work, such as pursuit or scout work, recon- naissance, photography, and for each of these day or night bombing, artillery observation, special missions the pilot is provided with a cer- tain type of plane adapted to the work in hand. Both the enemy and ourselves divide the machines used for service into two distinct classes; we have both the fighting machines which are a fast, quick-climbing type, easily and quickly maneuvered, and heavier machines which are slower in action and capable of carrying almost any weight.
With their capacity for carrying a larger amount of fuel, they can remain in the air for very long periods. When a long trip is to be made, such as a bombing raid far into the enemy country, at least four or five hours must elapse and the pilot is apt to be fatigued to the limit of his endurance. Especially is this the case in cold weather and under the long strain of an extended flight encountering anti-aircraft fire and enemy planes. Pilots of scout machines, on the contrary, owing to the speed and climbing ability possessed by planes built for this type of work, never stay in the air much over two and one-half or three hours on account of being unable to load up their machines with more than a moderate weight of fuel.
Due consideration also had been given to the study of the requirements formulated by England, France, and Italy, and also Germany. The examination according to amended blank 609, A. G. , was put into operation in May, 1917, and it is worthy of note that this same series of tests remains unaltered, even to the minutest detail, up to the service, officers present time. The judgment applied to the original selection of those to consti- Air Fighting Force of the United States was not based upon an attempt to decide whether or not the individual selected would be able to fly.