The 100th anniversary of Naval Aviation?

By Ann Holtgren Pellegreno

Despite banner headlines proclaiming that 2011 is the 100th anniversary of naval aviation, sufficient evidence exists to challenge that concept. In my opinion, the first naval aviation flight occurred in November 1910 when Eugene Fly flew from the deck of the U.S.S. Birmingham, anchored in Chesapeake Bay, and landed on a nearby shore.

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