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:

Left side view of Curtiss 50hp Pusher, piloted by Eugene B. Ely, shortly after its takeoff from USS Birmingham (Scout Cruiser # 2, later CL-2), in Hampton Roads, Virginia, during the afternoon of November 14, 1910. USS Roe (Destroyer # 24), serving as plane guard, is visible in the background (showing two smokestacks). This was the first take off of an airplane from a ship.

Collection Item Long Description:


  • Naval aviation
  • Aeronautics, Military
  • Aeronautics
  • Airplanes

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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Repository Loc.

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


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