The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Aeroplanes and Dirigibles of War by Frederick A. Talbot:|
metal is employed liberally throughout, except in connection with
the wings, which follow the usual lines of construction. The
body of the car is sheathed with steel plating which is bullet
proof against rifle or even shrapnel fire. The car is designed
to carry two persons; the seats are therefore disposed
tandemwise, with the observer or gunner occupying the front seat.
The defensive armament is adequate for ordinary purposes. Being
fitted with a 100 horse-power motor, fairly high speeds are
attainable, although the velocity is not equal to that of
machines constructed upon conventional lines, inasmuch as there
is an appreciable increase in weight.