Silver wings turn to gold in the sunlight. The American fleet gathers in orbit above Venus, spring 1922. The USS St. Louis is seen here following her conversion to a monitor, and below her is an unidentified carrier of the Longstreet class. Curtiss JTN rocket bombers were commonly used as orbital pickets late in the war. This was both because of their suitability for trans atmospheric work as well as a dearth of suitable targets from the end of 1920 onwards.