107 years ago, the Navy launched a plane from a ship for the first time

November 14, 2017
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Eugene Ely made the first carrier takeoff on November 14, 1910.
After less than five minutes in the air, Ely set the plane down on a nearby beach.
He had flown less than 3 miles.

On November 14, 1910, the US military took its first step toward linking flight and naval operations when Eugene Ely made the first carrier takeoff, guiding a Pusher biplane off the deck of the light cruiser USS Birmingham in the waters of Norfolk, Virginia.

The Navy tapped Capt. Washington Irving Chambers — who has been called “the father of naval aviation” — earlier that …read more

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