Eugene Ely made the first carrier takeoff on November 14, 1910.
After less than five minutes in the air, Ely set the plane down on a nearby beach.
On November 14, 1910, the US military took its first step toward linking flight and naval operations when Eugene Ely made the first carrier takeoff, guiding a Pusher biplane off the deck of the light cruiser USS Birmingham in the waters of Norfolk, Virginia.
At a flying event in Belmont Park, New York, in October 1914, Chambers asked planemaker Glenn Curtiss and Ely if they would attempt to land on a ship if he supplied one.
On November 14 — a Monday soiled by fog and intermittent rain — a Curtiss Pusher biplane with floats mounted under the wings was loaded aboard the Birmingham.
The cruiser was equipped with an 83-foot runway on its deck, but that length meant Ely only had 57 feet to take off.