Display Status:

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:


  • Aeronautics
  • Air pilots
  • Airplanes

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National Air and Space Museum Archives

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January 18, 1911

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National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division, MRC 322, Washington, DC, 20560



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