|First successful take off|
In 1910 the US Navy put flat decking on USS Birmingham off of waters in Virginia. They were conducting experiments for the first ship to be able to launch an aircraft at sea. Their man who undertook the mission was called Eugene Barton Ely - a stunt pilot. He took off from the flat deck of USS Birmingham on 14th November 1910. His craft dived towards the water at first but he managed to level out skimming the surface before lifting up and flying just over two miles to land at a navel base. This was the first take off success.
|First successful landing|