This Day in Aviation History
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This Day in Aviation History

February 17th, 1911
First flight of Glenn Curtiss’ Hydroplane A-1 Triad, the US Navy’s first aircraft.

At San Diego, California, Glenn Curtiss flies a prototype seaplane out to the U.S. Navy armored cruiser Pennsylvania in the harbor. Pennsylvania hoists the seaplane aboard, then returns it to the water, and Curtiss flies it back to shore. It is the first demonstration that a ship can handle a seaplane.
In 1911 Curtiss’ Hydroplane A-1 Triad was purchased by the U.S. Navy, making it the first ever aircraft to be used in the Navy. The US Navy today now employs more aircraft than even the Air Forces, and it all started with a humble little plane, no more than a glorified kite glued to a pontoon or two, yet it sent the airborne military to a bigger future…

Wikipedia, Curtiss Model E:

“Curtiss Triad U.S. Navy’s first airplane”. Air Progress Sport Aircraft. Winter 1969.

Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane’s Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. pp. 276–78.

World Aircraft Information Files. London: Bright Star Publishing. pp. File 891 Sheet 42–43.

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