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Mar 25

Beginning of Naval Aviation

Sunday, March 25, 2012 1:00 AM


March 25th, 1898 Beginning of the Navy’s Interest in Aviation In 1898, Theodore Roosevelt, then Assistant Secretary of the Navy, ushered in the beginning of Naval Aviation, with a proposal that the Navy investigate Samuel Langley’s flying machine for military purposes. However, as an article printed in the January 1971 issue of Proceedings notes, a long time passed between Roosevelt’s proposal and the first use of planes by the Navy. The article excerpted below, written by Thomas Ray, documents the first application of Roosevelt’s proposal, beginning in 1910. Prior to September 1910—when the Navy Department appointed an officer to keep… Read the rest of this entry »