Here, Orinda checks out a French Nieuport 28, which was a front line fighter in WWI. It is interesting to compare this plane with the Curtiss seaplane above and then recall that only 6 years separate them. Aviation technology really moved forward at a rapid pace in the early days.
The Navy experimented with Dirigibles after WWI and one such ship was called the USS Akron. This huge lighter than air ship would have been very vulnerable to fighter attack, so this plane, the N2Y was developed to be carried inside the Akron and released to protect it. After flight, the N2Y would come back to the dirigible and connect to a trapeze device in flight and then be winched up into the airship. Akron carried 4 or 5 of these -- WOW -- think of an aircraft carrier in the sky. It was interested to read that "landing" one of these by hooking to the trapeze was very difficult --click here to see how this was done!