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[[stamped]] FROM THE FLYING PIONEERS BIOGRAPHIES OF HAROLD E. MOREHOUSE [[/stamped]] then Selfridge Field, San Francisco, California, January 7th to 25th, 1911. Also flying there were Willard, Beachey, Robinson, Brookins, Parmelee, Latham, Radley, Fred Wiseman and Clarence Walker, in addition to a number of local amateur aviators entered in their events. At this meet several tests of a military nature were carried out, including bomb dropping contests, wireless experiments and similar activities. During the meet both Parmelee and Willard carried wireless sets and successfully received messages in flight instructing them to perform certain maneuvers, while Curtiss had Ely and his men busy making arrangements to demonstrate to the Navy that this time an aeroplane could land, as well as take off, from a ship at anchor. On January 18th, 1911, Ely made his second very notable, and undoubtedly most historic flight, when he flew from the meet at Selfridge Field, circled several vessels of the Pacific Fleet at anchor in San Francisco Bay, then made a precise and perfect landing on an inclined platform on the U.S. Cruiser Pennsylvania exactly as planned. Mrs. Ely and Captain Pond of the Cruiser were the first to reach him after his plane came to a stop, then pandemonium broke loose on board and from the surrounding vessels roaring blasts of "Welcome aboard." After first interviews and photographs Ely was escorted to the Captain's cabin where he was honored gust at an officers lunch. One hour later Ely made a perfect take-off from the platform and returned to the air meet where a tremendous ovation awaited him. Both the landing and take-off were witnessed by distinguished U.S. Naval officers. Curtiss had successfully demonstrated the possibility of the aircraft carrier and to Ely must for the credit for proving it. The platform used was 130 feet long and 30 feet wide, and the forward momentum of the plane was quickly retarded by ropes stretched between large movable bags of sand placed along the entire length of the runway five feet apart. Wooden rails along both sides of the runway raised the ropes several inches above the surface of the platform. As the plane landed hook-like skids on the undercarriage caught these ropes and rapidly brought the machine to a stop. Reportedly it took only ten sand bags to stop him. It is recorded that these arrangements, which 4
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