Today in aviation history – 18th January

On 18th January 1911 Eugene Ely (American pilot and pioneer of maritime aviation) took off and landed on a deck of a ship, as a first man in the world. The flight took place in San Francisco Bay. Ely managed to land on a platform built on an armored cruiser – USS Pennsylvania (ACR-4). This achievement gained him reputation. Ely took part in aviation shows and died in one of them in October 1911.