The impact of the women of the Technical Section of the Admiralty Air Department on the structural integrity of aircraft during World War One

Royle, Tony (2017). The impact of the women of the Technical Section of the Admiralty Air Department on the structural integrity of aircraft during World War One. Historia Mathematica, 44(4) pp. 342–366.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hm.2017.06.001

Abstract

In 1917, as the air war raged in Europe, some of Britain's finest mathematicians, engineers and scientists engaged in their own battle to understand the fundamentals of aerodynamics and aircraft construction. In London, Wing Commander Alec Ogilvie led the Technical Section of the Admiralty Air Department, which included a number of individuals dedicated to addressing aircraft structural issues; amongst them were three women, Hilda Hudson, Letitia Chitty and Beatrice Cave-Browne-Cave. In this article I describe the aeronautical landscape in Britain during the second decade of the 1900s, the place of these women within it, and their contributions to the structural integrity of early, British military aircraft.

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