Events, 1910, USA, Virginia (VA), Hampton Roads, First Takeoff From Ship; Ely, Eugene B.; Curtiss 50hp Pusher (1910); Military, USA, Navy, Ships, USS Birmingham (Scout Cruiser # 2, CL-2). [photograph]


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.

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  • Naval aviation
  • Aeronautics, Military
  • Aeronautics
  • Airplanes

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National Air and Space Museum Archives

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


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