This photograph shows the first successful flight from the deck of a US Navy Ship. This historic flight was made on this day, November 14, in the year 1910. The pilot was Eugene Ely, and he is flying a Curtis Pusher aircraft. The ship was at Hampton Roads, Virginia, and shortly after takeoff, the pilot landed at Willoghby Spit.
It is amazing how far things have come over the last hundred years. I would bet the Eugene never dreamed of how far this little thing would go.