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First Pilot to Land a Plane on a Warship

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Posted by Navy Advancement Results and Quotas on Tuesday, January 19, 2021

In 1911, Eugene Ely became the first pilot to land a plane on a warship when he touched down on the armored cruiser USS Pennsylvania in San Francisco Bay. The Pennsylvania had been fitted with a special platform and a crude arresting system of ropes and sandbags. Ely had lunch with the captain then took off and returned to land. A new era was born.

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