1911 Curtiss Pusher

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On Nov 14, 1910, the 50 hp Curtiss Pusher took off from a wooden platform built on the bow of the USS Birmingham, a converted collier. The ship was at anchor in Hampton Roads and landed safely on Willoughby Spit. A few months later on January 18, 1911, the pilot Eugene B. Ely became the first person to ever land an aircraft aboard a ship, flying the pusher onto a makeshift wooden platform constructed on the armored cruiser Pennsylvania, in San Franciso Bay. The Curtiss Pusher is the only flying replica of the actual earliest beginnings of Naval Aviation.

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