The Year of '13

The years aircraft: Avro 504

Technical Classes Memo from Mervyn O'Gorman Superintendant R.A.F. December 5th 1913

5 July – A seaplane carrier participates in the British Royal Navy's annual manoeuvres for the first time, as HMS Hermes embarks two seaplanes, the Short Folder S.64 biplane and a Caudron G.3 amphibian. The Short aircraft is the first with folding wings to be used aboard a ship. The manoeuvres, which conclude on October 6, demonstrate both the feasibility of extended operations by aircraft at sea and the value of folding wings.