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The Centenary of the First Ever Take Off and Landing From a Ship Stamp Sheet
In October, 1910 Eugene Ely and Glenn Curtiss, founder of the US aircraft industry, met Captain Washington Chambers, who had been appointed by the Secretary of the US Navy to investigate military uses for aviation within the Navy. This led to two experiments. On November 14, 1910, Ely took off in a Curtiss pusher from a temporary platform erected over the bow of the USS Birmingham. The aeroplane plunged downwards as soon as it cleared the 83-foot platform runway, and its wheels dipped into the water before rising. With his goggles covered with spray, Ely landed on a beach nearby, and in doing so became the first aviator to take off from the deck of a ship. Two months later, on January 18, 1911, Ely landed his Curtiss pusher airplane on a platform on the USS Pennsylvania anchored at San Francisco Bay, and in doing so became the fist ever aviator to perform a shipboard landing of an aircraft. This flight was also the first ever using a tailhook system.
Naval aviation has gone on to play an incredibly important role in conflicts at sea. It became very prominent and often decisive in the Second World War, and was used in pre-emptive stikes against naval units in ports, support of ground forces, and anti-submarine warfare.
Our Stunning Sheet
To commemorate this incredible feat of naval aviation, we have created this stunning stamp sheet. With a beautiful Terence Cuneo painting as a background, and a series of naval aircraft pictures depicting the history of naval aviation, what better way to celebrate 100 years of aviation history than with this wondeful stamp sheet?
We are delighted to be able to offer this cover signed by Eric Brown CBE DFC AFC, former Royal Navy officer and test pilot, who has flown more types of aircraft than anyone else in history! He also holds the world record for aircraft carrier landings, and therefore makes him particularly fitting for this cover.
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Quick Facts: Centenary of Naval Aviation Sheet is a Mint Sheet Issue date : 18th January 2011
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