Wolldridge Jr., E. T.
December 2003
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Dec2003, Vol. 129 Issue 12, p64
Conference Proceeding
A few hours spent in a photo archive such as the one at the U.S. Naval Institute's Beach Hall is a perfect way to reacquaint oneself with the progress of aviation in general and naval aviation in particular since 17 December 1903. Vintage black-and-white images evoke memories of the early years of naval aviation, World War I, and World War II. Naval aviation's birthday came some years after the Wright Brothers' feat, on 8 May 1911. On that date, Captain Washington Irving Chambers, the U.S. Navy's first officer in charge of aviation, ordered the Navy's first airplane, the Curtiss A-1 Triad.


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