Curtiss Ely Propeller

Wooden, single-blade Curtiss Ely Propeller
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This propeller (A19320005000) is from a Curtiss Model D pusher biplane flown by Eugene B. Ely on January 18, 1911 for the first landing on a ship, the battleship USS Pennsylvania in San Francisco Bay, using the first ever tailhook system. It is possible, but not likely according to recollections of a relative, that the propeller may have also been used by Eli on November 14, 1910 for the first take-off of the same aircraft from a ship, the cruiser USS Birmingham in Hampton Roads, Virginia.




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