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.