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A History of United States Naval Aviation

A History of United States Naval Aviation published on

Authored by United States Navy

The Navy first investigated the possibilities of aviation for naval purposes in 1908
when Lieut. G. C. Sweet and Naval Constructor McIntee were detailed as observers for
the test of the Wright plane at Fort Myer, Va. Lieutenant Sweet endeavored to stimulate
interest in the subject of aviation and suggested the use of pontoons in this report to the
Navy Department, but no action was taken thereon. In 1910, Capt. W. I. Chambers,
United States Navy, who was assistant to the aid for material in the Bureau of Equipment
attended the aviation meets at Belmont Park, N.Y., and at Halethorpe, near Baltimore, as
an official observer. Appreciating the potential value of the airplane in naval warfare,
Captain Chambers endeavored to interest the Wright Co. In arranging for a flight off of a
United States man-of-war. Wilbur Wright declined to make the attempt. The Curtiss Co.
was then approached and they agreed to try it. The necessary arrangements were
thereupon made by Captain Chambers and on November 14, 1910, the Curtiss
representative, Eugene Ely, successfully flew a 50-horsepower Curtiss land-plane from a
platform hastily built on the bow of the U. S. S. Birmingham at Hampton Roads, Va.

Publication Date:
Apr 19 2014
1499188919 / 9781499188912
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5″ x 11″
Black and White
Related Categories:
History / Military / Naval


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