Birthplace of Naval Aviation

Birthplace of Naval Aviation (HMM6J)

Location: Norfolk, VA 23511
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 57.334', W 76° 19.006'

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On 14 Nov. 1910, off Old Point Comfort across the harbor from here, the U.S. Navy demonstrated that airplanes could be launched from ships. Flying a Curtiss biplane, Eugene Ely took off from a wooden ramp constructed atop the deck of the cruiser USS Birmingham. Aided by the five-degree slope of the ramp, a close-to-40-foot drop to the water, and an airplane engine that was powerful for the time, Ely gained enough speed to get the craft airborne and keep it aloft for the two-and-a-half-mile flight to Willoughby Spit. Ely's historic flight led to the founding of naval aviation in 1911.
HM NumberHMM6J
Marker NumberKV-3
Year Placed2000
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 9:07am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 382768 N 4090753
Decimal Degrees36.95556667, -76.31676667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 57.334', W 76° 19.006'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 57' 20.04" N, 76° 19' 0.36" W
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Area Code(s)757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 583 Massey Hughes Drive, Norfolk VA 23511, US
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