100 Years of Naval Aviation

January 18, 2011 marks an important date in Naval Aviation history.  It commemorates the 100th anniversary of an aircraft landing and then taking off from the deck of a U.S. Naval ship. That aircraft was the Curtiss-Ely (pronounced E-Lee) Pusher and it performed this feat on the USS Pennsylvania in San Francisco Bay.

There is a great article written by James Wynbrant in the January 2011 edition of EAA Sport Aviation that highlights a replica built of the Curtiss-Ely Pusher by Bob Coolbaugh. It will be on display in various locations throughout the year as a part of the year-long celebration.

Another interesting way the Navy is commemorating this event is by painting aircraft in “retro” schemes.


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