The first aircraft carrier (17 pics)

Posted in PICTURES       3 Apr 2009       57144       4

Eugene Ely takes his Curtiss pusher airplane off from the deck of USS Birmingham on 14 November 1910. It was the First airplane takeoff from a warship. He flew for two miles before landing on a Willoughby Spit beach. It was a big success and so they decided to continue experiment. But this time, a plane had to land on a ship. It happens on 18 January 1911, Eugene Ely lands with the same plane on USS Pennsylvania, making this first landing on a warship in history and a great historical event.

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stufinder 10 year s ago
In photo #13 notice the man laying on his belly on the left side. That's Hugh R Robinson. A fellow pilot on Glenn Curtiss exhibition team. He came up with the idea of the sandbags linked with each other by rope to act as the arresting gear. He got the idea from doing a carnival act with a bicycle and motor cycle racing around the inside of a barrel. He used same method to slow down exiting the barrel.

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