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[[left-margin]]l.c./[[?]] [[/left-margin]] [[crossed-out]]M[[/crossed-out]] [[m]]aneuvers [[crossed-out]] , while [[/crossed-out]] Curtiss had Ely and his men busy making arrangements to demonstrate to the Navy that an airplane could land, as well as takeoff, from a ship at anchor. On January 18, 1911, Ely made his second very notable, and undoubtedly most historic flight. He flew from the meet at Selfridge Field, circled several vessels of the Pacific Fleet at anchor in San Francisco Bay, then made a perfect landing on an inclined platform on the U.S. Cruiser [[crossed-out]]"[[/crossed-out]]Pennsylvania.[[crossed-out]]"[[/crossed-out]] exactly as planned. Mrs. Ely and Captain Pond of the Pennsylvania [[crossed-out]] Cruiser [[/crossed-out]] were the first to reach him after his plane came to a stop, then pandemonium broke loose on board and [[crossed-out]] from [[/crossed-out]] the surrounding vessels [[crossed-out]] came [[/crossed-out]] sounded roaring blasts of commendation. After interviews and photographs, Ely was escorted to the Captain's cabin where he was the honored guest at an officers lunch. An hour later Ely made a perfect takeoff from the platform and returned to the air meet where a tremendous ovation awaited him. Both the landing and takeoff were witnessed by distinguished officers of the U.S. Navy. [[crossed-out]] al Officers.[[/crossed-out]] Curtiss had successfully predicted the possibility of the [[reverse editing mark]]iarcraft carrier and to Ely must go the credit for proving it. The platform used was 130 feet long and 30 feet wide. The forward momentum of the plane was quickly retarded by hooks on the undercarriage catching on lines [[crossed-out]]by[[/crossed-out]] stretched crosswise between large movable bags of sand placed along the entire length of the runway five feet apart. Wooden rails along bcht [[reverse editing mark]] sides of the runway raised the lines several inches above the surface of the platform. Reportedly, it took only ten sand bags to stop him. It is recorded that theses arrangements, which worked so successfully, were largely the ideas of Ely and Hugh Robinson, and proof of their fundamental value is the fact that the same basic design for carrier landings is in use today. There can be little doubt that Ely's daring flight that day, during the early history of aviation, was one of the most outstanding achievements ever made by any of the pioneer [[crossed-out]]illegible [[/crossed-out]] aviators. The implications of its military and commercial usefulness will remain with us for all time. 4.
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