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Eugene Ely: First man to take off and land on a navel carrier
Posted by: Ammo
Date: May 09, 2012 11:58AM
For those of us who like this sort of thing, I thought this was a very interesting read. The article is rather long and hard on the eyes because of reversed type, but gets facinating about half way through. Some very good pics included.

[www.navalaviationhistory.com]



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Re: Eugene Ely: First man to take off and land on a navel carrier
Posted by: the_poochies
Date: May 09, 2012 11:59AM
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Re: Eugene Ely: First man to take off and land on a navel carrier
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: May 09, 2012 12:13PM
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Re: Eugene Ely: First man to take off and land on a navel carrier
Posted by: billb
Date: May 09, 2012 12:16PM
doh
Lew's quicker.


OK




Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 05/09/2012 12:45PM by billb.
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Re: Eugene Ely: First man to take off and land on a navel carrier
Posted by: Uncle Wig
Date: May 09, 2012 12:32PM
command-option-contro-8 will reverse the image so it appears as black type on white.

Interesting article! Airplanes and ships: who'da thunk it?



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Re: Eugene Ely: First man to take off and land on a navel carrier
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 09, 2012 12:41PM
....do you get NAVEL lint.....??



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Re: Eugene Ely: First man to take off and land on a navel carrier
Posted by: flareslow
Date: May 09, 2012 01:29PM
Thanks for that! As a Naval Aviator in a previous "career", I was not aware of Ely's contribution and that he was a civilian. The airfield at NAS Norfolk is named Chambers Field, but I don't recall anywhere that Ely is commemorated.

Mike
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Re: Eugene Ely: First man to take off and land on a navel carrier
Posted by: Ammo
Date: May 09, 2012 01:52PM
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flareslow
Thanks for that! As a Naval Aviator in a previous "career", I was not aware of Ely's contribution and that he was a civilian. The airfield at NAS Norfolk is named Chambers Field, but I don't recall anywhere that Ely is commemorated.

Mike

I don't know who is crazier: early biplane flyers like Eugene Ely or the jet pilots who do it today!



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Re: Eugene Ely: First man to take off and land on a navel carrier
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: May 09, 2012 01:59PM
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Ammo
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flareslow
Thanks for that! As a Naval Aviator in a previous "career", I was not aware of Ely's contribution and that he was a civilian. The airfield at NAS Norfolk is named Chambers Field, but I don't recall anywhere that Ely is commemorated.

Mike

I don't know who is crazier: early biplane flyers like Eugene Ely or the jet pilots who do it today!

Definitely the biplane guys pre-catapult... Going down the deck, hoping like heck that they're going to have enough airspeed not to go for a swim and get run over by the ship (no angled decks on the early carriers either...) - and being "committed" to launch about 50 feet into the takeoff run.

At least todays pilots can eject and live if they get a "cold" catapult shot.



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Re: Eugene Ely: First man to take off and land on a navel carrier
Posted by: Carnos Jax
Date: May 09, 2012 02:18PM
Def agree w/Paul. Airplanes back then in general were crazy beasts. Some only had a two position throttle (off or full on).
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Re: Eugene Ely: First man to take off and land on a navel carrier
Posted by: flareslow
Date: May 09, 2012 02:34PM
In the daytime, we said it was the most fun you could have with your clothes on.
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Re: Eugene Ely: First man to take off and land on a navel carrier
Posted by: Carnos Jax
Date: May 09, 2012 02:38PM
I've read where landing on a carrier is like "getting into a car accident and having an orgasm at the same time".
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Re: Eugene Ely: First man to take off and land on a navel carrier
Posted by: AllGold
Date: May 09, 2012 02:54PM
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Carnos Jax
I've read where landing on a carrier is like "getting into a car accident and having an orgasm at the same time".

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Re: Eugene Ely: First man to take off and land on a navel carrier
Posted by: freeradical
Date: May 09, 2012 03:15PM
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Carnos Jax
I've read where landing on a carrier is like "getting into a car accident and having an orgasm at the same time".


Crash
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Re: Eugene Ely: First man to take off and land on a navel carrier
Posted by: flareslow
Date: May 09, 2012 03:32PM
So far I have experienced all three - it's closer to the happy ending than the crash. The cat shot is a real E-ticket ride.
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Re: Eugene Ely: First man to take off and land on a navel carrier
Posted by: numbered
Date: May 09, 2012 03:53PM
In the Bay Area, the Hiller Aviation Museum (just South of SFO) has an exhibit about Ely, as well as a replica of his Curtiss Pusher. The museum is small by Smithsonian standards, but has a number of interesting exhibits and is worth a couple of hours if you are so inclined...

--The rotorcycle

--Front of Boeing SST prototype

--Hiller Flying Platform
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Re: Eugene Ely: First man to take off and land on a navel carrier
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: May 09, 2012 04:55PM
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billb
doh
Lew's quicker.


OK

Navel carrier - nice! grinning smiley



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Re: Eugene Ely: First man to take off and land on a navel carrier
Posted by: flareslow
Date: May 09, 2012 06:32PM
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the_poochies

That's a nice navel carrier!
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Re: Eugene Ely: First man to take off and land on a navel carrier
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: May 09, 2012 08:10PM
Navel hairier:





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