Today in aviation history – 14th November

On 14th November 1910 Eugene Ely (American pilot, pioneer of sea-aviation) took off in Hudson Flyer aircraft off provisory platform built on bow of a USS Birmingham battle cruiser. The flight took place in Hamton Roads Bay, Virginia and was a success in spite of the fact that the plane almost fell into the water. Ely was also the first man in the world that managed to take off and land on a ship. He became very popular after this accomplishment.