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Norfolk, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Birthplace of Naval Aviation

 
 
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By Kevin W., July 18, 2010
1. Birthplace of Naval Aviation Marker
Inscription.  On 14 Nov. 1910, off Old Point Comfort across the harbor from here, the U.S. Navy demonstrated that airplanes could be launched from ships. Flying a Curtiss biplane, Eugene Ely took off from a wooden ramp constructed atop the deck of the cruiser USS Birmingham. Aided by the five-degree slope of the ramp, a close-to-40-foot drop to the water, and an airplane engine that was powerful for the time, Ely gained enough speed to get the craft airborne and keep it aloft for the two-and-a-half-mile flight to Willoughby Spit. Ely's historic flight led to the founding of naval aviation in 1911.
 
Erected 2000 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number KV-3.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceMilitaryWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 36° 57.334′ N, 76° 19.006′ W. Marker is in Norfolk, Virginia. Marker is on Massey Hughes Drive 0.1 miles east of Maryland Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Marker is on the U.S. Naval Station,
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By Kevin W., July 18, 2010
2. Birthplace of Naval Aviation Marker
on Vista Point. Hampton Boulevard (State Route 337) ends at Gate 2, where Maryland Avenue inside the naval base begins. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Norfolk VA 23511, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. USS Cole DDG 67 (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); USS Cole (DDG 67) Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Virginia and Monitor (approx. ¼ mile away); We remember turret two ... (approx. ¼ mile away); Naval Air Station Norfolk (approx. 0.6 miles away); Navy Mess Attendant School (approx. 0.7 miles away); Naval Aviation Depot, Norfolk (approx. 1.3 miles away); U.S. Submarine Veterans W.W. II Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Norfolk.
 
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By Kevin W., July 18, 2010
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 18, 2010, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,057 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 18, 2010, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
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