- Centennial of Naval Aviation Events The birth of Naval Aviation is recognized on May 1, 1911, the date of the contract for purchase of the Navy s firstMessage 1 of 1 , Nov 17, 2010View Source
Centennial of Naval Aviation Events
The birth of Naval Aviation is recognized on May 1, 1911, the date of the contract for purchase of the Navys first aircraft. An aggressive schedule of appearances by Naval Aircraft are scheduled throughout the year (see the schedule at http://www.public.navy.mil/airfor/centennial/Pages/Events.aspx). Council leaders who want to participate in any of these events can contact the Centennial History Director, Captain Rich Dann, USN, Richard.dann@..., or call (619) 545-1899. The Centennial Office is sponsored by Commander, Naval Air Forces, and is located at Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, CA.
The first identified centennial event within the Pacific Central Region is the October 2011 8-9: San Francisco Fleet Week. But we have both NAS Fallon and NAS Lemoore within the region and activities are anticipated at the stations as well. If you would like to see one or more region meetings or activities associated with the centennial or these air stations contact Bonnie Potter. If your council has an activity planned and you would like to announce it send the media release to PCR-NLUS@yahoogroups.com.
Up, Up, and Away,
Senior Vice President
Pacific Central Region, NLUS
Navy Celebrates First Flight Centennial
Story Number: NNS101113-12 Release Date: 11/13/2010 5:48:00 PM
NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Naval Station (NS) Norfolk hosted a ceremony Nov. 12 to celebrate the centennial of naval aviation and the Navy's first flight which took place Nov. 14, 1910, nearly 100 years ago.
That's when "an act of daring by Eugene Ely set the stage for a revolution in naval warfare, and changed the face of the United States Navy forever," said Rear Adm. Richard J. O'Hanlon, commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic.
Ely flew a rudimentary one-seater Curtis Pusher Biplane off the deck of the light cruiser USS Birmingham, thus ushering in the beginning of naval aviation. His flight was the first launch of an airplane from a ship; and the Navy hasn't looked back since, O'Hanlon said.
"Flash forward 100 years and we can see - through the lens of history - just what an incredible change this daring flight set in motion," O'Hanlon said. "The spirit of innovation, daring and foresight that were displayed in 1910 have become part of the fabric of naval aviation."
The ceremony is the first of a series of events the Navy will sponsor next year to commemorate the importance of naval aviation, during its 100th anniversary year.
Virginia Senator Mark Warner spoke at the event, and Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell issued a proclamation commending the Navy for its historic achievements in flight.
"Naval aviation has evolved into a force that supports the national strategy across the full spectrum of operations, ranging from preventing conflict to direct combat," McDonnell said.
Keynote speaker Adm. Robert F. Willard, commander, U.S. Pacific Command, said naval aviation has helped to transform the U.S. military into the world's pre-eminent military force.
"Naval aviation gives our military a decisive asymmetric advantage in counter-terrorism and counterinsurgency warfare," Willard said. "Without question, the quality of our Sailors is our greatest asymmetric advantage."
A replica of the Curtis Pusher Biplane was flown during the ceremony, outside the hangar and alongside the flight line. Strong winds had threatened to ground the aircraft; however, Bob Coolbaugh, a pilot and retired naval aviator, was determined to brave the wind and make the flight, just as Ely had braved more difficult weather conditions a century ago. For photos see: http://www.navy.mil/list_all.asp?id=57190.
Attendees also had the opportunity to see current and recent vintage Navy aircraft - the MH-53E, MH-60S, T-28T, E-2C Hawkeye, and F/A-18 Hornet - fly overhead and in formation.
The pilots and aircrews flying these aircraft are "the next generation [of naval aviators], who are carrying on naval aviation's legacy every day," O'Hanlon said. "Our forces are doing amazing work every day and around the world, and I assure you we are making a difference."
Naval aviation plays an integral role in supporting America's maritime strategy and is branching out into new mission areas including irregular and special warfare, humanitarian missions, and disaster relief, O'Hanlon said.
For more news from Commander, Naval Air Forces, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/airpac/.
To honor a century of mission-ready men and women and recognize unique aviation-related achievements through event driven celebrations.
A yearlong celebration of 100 years of Naval Aviation, covering the scope of all Naval Aviation activities, including aircraft, people, ships, innovations and significant events. This nationally sponsored series of events is scheduled to kick off Jan 2011 and continue throughout the year.
- To raise public awareness of Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard
and NASA aviation operations.
- To commemorate 100 years of Naval Aviation across the world, while concentrating on key geographical areas of the country due to their specific historical events and activities.
Over 200 Naval Aviation themed events are anticipated through 2011. Of those more than 200 events, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard are focusing combined assets on 34 particular Centennial commemorations including:
10-12: San Diego Centennial Kickoff Celebration & Aerial Review
8-9: San Francisco Fleet Week
15-16: Lemoore Air Show
- To raise public awareness of Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and NASA aviation operations.