Glenn Curtiss Being Hoisted Aboard the USS Pennsylvania, January 1911

Summary

While the Wright brothers fulfilled contracts for the Army, rival Glenn Curtiss partnered with the Navy and built the first successful seaplanes in the United States. When pilot Eugene Ely landed a Curtiss airplane on the USS Pennsylvania in 1911, the concept of the aircraft carrier was born. Curtiss today is remembered as the "Father of Naval Aviation."

While the Wright brothers fulfilled contracts for the Army, rival Glenn Curtiss partnered with the Navy and built the first successful seaplanes in the United States. When pilot Eugene Ely landed a Curtiss airplane on the USS Pennsylvania in 1911, the concept of the aircraft carrier was born. Curtiss today is remembered as the "Father of Naval Aviation."

Artifact

Photographic print

Subject Date

January 1911

Creators

Unknown

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

84.1.1629.257

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 4.5 in

Width: 6.75 in

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