1910: The First Aircraft Carrier

The First Aircraft Carrier

“On November 14, 1910, Eugene Ely became the first pilot to successfully launch a plane from a stationary ship. The Curtiss pusher airplane, one of the first models in the world to be built in any significant quantity, flew for two miles before Ely landed on a beach. Using the same aircraft, Ely landed on the USS Pennsylvania on January 18, 1911, while the ship was anchored at the San Francisco waterfront. He had to use a braking system made of ropes and sandbags, but he was able to quickly turn around and take off once again”

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  1. Rusty Bill

    First aircraft carrier? Uh, sorry, no.

    While Ely’s exploits were amazing, in actuality they were no more than proof-of-concept exercises. They did, however, lead to the first real aircraft carriers – the British Furious and Argus, the Japanese Honsho, and the American Langley.

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