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Failures of the airship are, at the present time, responsible for very limited losses to the service, thanks to the inspections to which they are constantly subjected. Two years ago this statement would not have been true; the mechanical genius of the world has been applied to make the airplane safer and with such effect that it happens only rarely that the flier becomes useless through the fault of the ship. Statements from all sources agree that of the total number of fliers permanently out of flying service, not over 8 per cent have been rendered unserviceable because of mechanical shortcomings of plane or engine.

Just as the pilot is provided with a certain type of plane adapted work in hand, so the plane must be provided with a pilot adapted to the work in hand. It is true that in the absence of a pilot physically and mentally adapted for high-altitude work it is possible to use one who is to the ATK SERVICE MEDICAL. 25 adapted only for low-altitude work by equipping him with an Supplying apparatus to supply oxygen according to his needs. oxygen to fliers has been a subject of much experiment and study during the past two years both by the enemy and by the allies.

Not merely The flying service is now highly specialized. Men are called upon to perform widely diversified classes of work, such as pursuit, reconnaissance, photography, bomb-dropping and night-flying. Not every aviator, regardless of perfect training and physical fitness, is necessarily fitted for all types of air activities. There is a marked difference in the individual ability to withstand a diminished oxygen supply; this has made it necessary to classify the fliers on an altitude basis. By means of tests applied at the Medical Research Laboratory at Mineola, Long Island, and at the branch laboratories in the various flying schools throughout this country and overseas, fliers are being classified as fitted for low, moderate, and high altitudes, night-flying, and other special types of work.

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