Journal Entry: October 20, 1915
St. Pol-sur-Mer

I'm having difficulty putting into words what a difference flying the Nieuport is from all of my previous flying experiences. Until today, I don't think I've ever really flown. Oh technically I've flown, but this machine is as different as night is to day from all of the previous aeroplanes that I've flown. The French call this plane BeBe which means baby because of it's size, but I think a more appropriate name would Butterfly because it flits around like one. It is in every respect better than the Morane, it's faster, it climbs faster and higher, it's more agile, and finally it has a forward firing machine gun. Needless to say, I'm very pleased with my new kite. Oh by the way, we didn't see anything on our sortie, but I didn't particularly care.

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