Bradley Allen Fiske

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Rear Admiral Bradley Allen Fiske (13 June, 1854 – 6 April, 1942) was an innovator in gunnery, and served in the United States Navy as America's closest analog to Britain's Percy Scott. Amongst his many other contributions, he was best known for arguably inventing the optical Range Finder, his inaugurating use of telescopic gunsights, and for advocating the use of aerial torpedo bombers.

Life & Career

Fiske proved "an early and ardent advocate of the torpedo plane": in 1911 he seriously proposed entrusting the defense of the Philippine Islands to a force of 400 torpedo planes. Given that no such aircraft existed at that time, the General Board understandably "gave this idea short shrift". Subsequently, Fiske was granted a patent for an aircraft fitted to carry and launch torpedoes.[1]

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Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Rogers H. Galt
Captain of U.S.S. Arkansas
10 Mar, 1906[2]
Succeeded by
Harry M. Dombaugh
Preceded by
Thomas B. Howard
Captain of U.S.S. Tennessee
9 Jul, 1908[3] – 13 Aug, 1910[Inference]
Succeeded by
Harry S. Knapp


  1. Layman. To Ascend. p. 151.
  2. Register of Officers, 1907. p. 12.
  3. Register of Officers, 1909. p. 8.