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then Selfridge Field, San Francisco, California, January 7 [[crossed-out]]th to [[/crossed-out]] - 25[[crossed-out]]th[[/crossed-out]], 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. [[crossed-out]] while [[/crossed-out]] Curtiss had Ely and his men busy making arrangements to demonstrate to the Navy that [[crossed-out]]this time[[/crossed-out]] an [[crossed-out]]aeroplane[[/crossed-out]] airplane could land, as well as take off, from a ship at anchor. 

On January 18 [[crossed-out]]th[[/crossed-out]], 1911, Ely made his second very notable, and undoubtedly most historic flight. [[crossed-out]], when [[/crossed-out]] He flew from the meet at Selfridge Field, circled several vessels of the Pacific Fleet at anchor in San Francisco Bay, then made a [[crossed-out]]precise and[[/crossed-out]] 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 Cruiser 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 sounded [[crossed-out]]came[[/crossed-out]] roaring blasts of commendation [[crossed-out]] "Welcome aboard." [[/crossed-out]] After [[crossed-out]] first [[/crossed-out]] interviews and photographs, Ely was escorted to the Captain's cabin where he was the honored guest at an officers' lunch. [[crossed-out]] one [[/crossed-out]] An 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 officers of the U.S. Navy[[crossed-out]]al officers[[/crossed-out]]. Curtiss had successfully [[crossed-out]] demonstrated [[/crossed-out]] predicted the possibility of the aircraft carrier and to Ely must go the credit for proving it. 

The platform used was 130 feet long and 30 feet wide.[[crossed-out]] , and [[/crossed-out]] The forward momentum of the plane was quickly retarded by hooks on the undercarriage catching on lines [[crossed-out]]ropes[[/crossed-out]] stretched crosswise 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 [[crossed-out]]ropes[[/crossed-out]] lines several inches above the surface of the platform. [[crossed-out]] As the plane landed hook-like skids on the undercarriage caught these ropes and rapidly brought the machine to a stop. [[/crossed-out]] Reportedly, it took only ten sand bags to stop him. It is recorded that these arrangements, which

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