USS Pennsylvania (ACR-4) with Curtis


In January 1911, the Mare Island constructed a temporary wooded platform over the Pennsylvania's after deck and turret. This was used in tests by Eugene Ely in his historic flight in a Curtis pusher biplane to be the first to land on a ship on 18 January 1911.

On 17 February 1911, Glen Curtis conducted a test using a tractor hydroplane (propellor in front) he flew to the USS Pennsylvania, anchored in San Diego harbor. This is a photo as the plane is being raised (contrary to the caption).

© Richard Tripp 2012