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18/01/1911 The first shipboard landing of a plane

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Naval Aviation Pioneer

American aviator Eugene Burton Ely landed his Curtiss Pusher airplane on a platform on the armored cruiser USS Pennsylvania anchored in San Francisco Bay. Ely told a reporter: "It was easy enough. I think the trick could be successfully turned nine times out of ten." The landing was the first ever use of a tailhook system, designed and built by circus performer and aviator Hugh Robinson.