This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.
Collection Item Summary:
Three-quarter left front view, close-up, from slightly below, of pilot Eugene B. Ely seated at the controls of his Curtiss Model D just before taking off from a platform constructed on the stern of the US Navy ship USS Pennsylvania (Armored Cruiser # 4, later CA-4), anchored in San Francisco Bay, California; January 18, 1911 (second takeoff of an airplane from a ship). Ely wears a leather helmet, goggles around his neck, and rubber inner tubes crisscrossed around his shoulders as a makeshift life preserver. [Copy of photo retouched with paint to highlight details.]
Collection Item Long Description:
- Air pilots