“Dr. Hugo Eckener of Luftschiffbau Zeppelin in Germany is responsible for startling revelations about aerial marksmanship as practiced by modern Zeppelins. From a safe altitude of 5,000 feet heavy bombs were dropped within circles marked by buoys on the water of the lower Elbe, of only 15 feet in diameter, showing that bombs could be dropped as well into the funnels of warships. Tests made on land showed that from an equal elevation a railroad station could be completely wrecked by four of these bombs.” [Three months later World War I broke out; shortly after, Zeppelins dropped bombs on Liège and Antwerp in Belgium.]

Scientific American, May 1914

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