The advent of the air war created a good deal of interest in the general public — those who had not particularly been aviation enthusiasts before. There was therefore some necessity to educate them in the jargon of flight.

Additionally, there are recurrent slang usages and topical references that crop up in some of the articles. I was too young to be au courant with the usages at the time, but I don't miss by far and I was a voracious reader (and attendee of movie performances and listener to radio shows) in my youth. For the modern reader who may not have the cultural referents, I will undertake to explain some of them as I come across them in the course of preparing the articles for presentation. —JLM