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Dr. JAS
11-14-2015, 06:38 PM
105 years ago today, Eugene Ely made the first take-off of a heavier-than-air aircraft from a warship when he took off from the deck of the cruiser USS Birmingham in a Curtiss Pusher biplane. Two months later, Ely would make the first landing of an aircraft on a warship when he landed his plane on the cruiser USS Pennsylvania.

Ely's launch marked the beginning of naval aviation as we know it today. The idea of launching airplanes from surface ships would ultimately lead to the invention of the aircraft carrier, the most important components of the modern-day navy.