The great dirigible was indeed an inspiring sight in the air. Its long cigar shaped body shone like silver in the sunlight as it moved majestically along to the subdued purr of its motors. This queen of the Navy Air Service was equipped with a bar which would permit planes with hooks on their upper wing to hook on to the dirigible. The pilot could then go aboard. The big ship could therefore carry a small plane for scouting purposes and for protection when attacked which could always return to its base when its mission was completed.