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 Rangefinder, his inaugurating use of telescopic gunsights, and for advocating the use of aerial torpedo bombers.

Life & Career

Fiske was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 1887.

Fiske was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in 1899.

Fiske was promoted to the rank of Commander on 1903.

Fiske was promoted to the rank of Captain on 1907.

Fiske was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral in August, 1911.

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]

The British noted that Fiske was advocating the use of torpedo seaplanes in 1912.[2]

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Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Rogers H. Galt
Captain of U.S.S. Arkansas
10 Mar, 1906[3]
Succeeded by
Harry M. Dombaugh
Preceded by
Thomas B. Howard
Captain of U.S.S. Tennessee
9 Jul, 1908[4] – 13 Aug, 1910[Inference]
Succeeded by
Harry S. Knapp
Preceded by
Charles E. Vreeland
Aide for Naval Operations
13 Feb, 1913 – 11 May, 1915[5]
Succeeded by
William S. Benson as Chief of Naval Operations


  1. Layman. To Ascend. p. 151.
  2. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1918. p. 89.
  3. Register of Officers, 1907. p. 12.
  4. Register of Officers, 1909. p. 8.
  5. Wikipedia