Newport News, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Birth of Naval Aviation
“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
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. Touch 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 The Newsome House (approx. ¾ mile away); a different marker also named Newsome House (approx. ¾ mile away); Annie Belle Daniels (approx. 0.9 miles away); Phillis Wheatley (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map 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.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 18, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,455 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 18, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.