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Newport News, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Birth of Naval Aviation

 
 
Birth of Naval Aviation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2008
1. Birth of Naval Aviation Marker
Inscription.
The value of the aeroplane for the Navy is unquestioned.” – Eugene B. Ely

Naval aviation dates from November 14, 1910, when stunt pilot Eugene B. Ely coaxed a Curtiss “Pusher” biplane from the deck of the cruiser “Birmingham” in these waters, landing in nearby Norfolk. Despite detractors, Ely secured private funding and Navy aid for his daring effort, launching a virtual revolution in military aviation.

Newport News Historical Commission
1993

 
Erected 1993 by Newport News Historical Commission.
 
Location. 36° 58.934′ N, 76° 23.742′ W. Marker is in Newport News, Virginia. Marker can be reached from 16th Street (Virginia Route 167), on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located at the Monitor-Merrimac Overlook Park. Marker is in this post office area: Newport News VA 23607, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Monitor – Merrimack (within shouting distance of this marker); Hampton Roads (within shouting distance of this marker); Monitor – Merrimack Battle (within shouting distance of this marker); Camp Stuart
Marker on the Hampton Roads Waterfront image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2008
2. Marker on the Hampton Roads Waterfront
(approx. half a mile away); The Newsome House (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Newsome House (approx. 0.8 miles away); Annie Belle Daniels (approx. 0.9 miles away); Phillis Wheatley (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Newport News.
 
More about this marker. The top of the marker contains images of Ely’s Curtiss “Pusher” biplane in flight and a modern aircraft carrier. The bottom of the marker features the symbol of Naval Aviation.
 
Also see . . .  Association of Naval Aviation webpage. (Submitted on January 18, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. Military
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,385 times since then and 94 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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