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Aviation Field Yorktown

 
 
Aviation Field Yorktown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 20, 2013
1. Aviation Field Yorktown Marker
Inscription. From July 1919 until August 1921, the U.S. Navy operated an aviation training school at the U.S. Navy Mine Depot, today’s Naval Weapons Station Yorktown. The school provided the first advanced aviation training for naval pilots in bomb, torpedo, and gunnery operations.

Less than a year after its initial closure, the Navy decided the airfield, located in close proximity to a deepwater channel, was needed again in order to conduct experimental aviation tests aboard the USS Langley (CV-1), the Navy’s first full-deck aircraft carrier. On October 17, 1922, while the ship was anchored in the York River, a Vought VE-7SF became the first flight to lift off from the carrier’s deck. A month later, on November 18, a Patrol Torpedo (PT) seaplane was the first to be catapult launched from the Langley. In August 1926, the Navy Mine Depot airfield was closed and the space was converted for munitions storage.
 
Erected 2010 by York County.
 
Location. 37° 14.377′ N, 76° 30.634′ W. Marker is in Yorktown, Virginia, in York County. Marker can be reached from Water Street west of Buckner Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located along Yorktown's Riverwalk. Marker is in this post office area: Yorktown VA 23690, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Yorktown's Riverwalk image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 20, 2013
2. Yorktown's Riverwalk
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Yorktown's Windmill (here, next to this marker); The Watermen's Museum (a few steps from this marker); Join the Adventure (a few steps from this marker); John Smith Explores the Chesapeake (a few steps from this marker); The Betsy (within shouting distance of this marker); Naval Weapons Station (within shouting distance of this marker); The Yorktown Windmill (within shouting distance of this marker); Chesapeake Bay Watermen (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Yorktown.
 
More about this marker. Photos courtesy of Naval Weapons Station Yorktown.
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 184 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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