Embracing Our Military

Arsenal History Minutes | Birth of naval Aviation

Special | 1m

May 1911 saw the official birth of US Naval Aviation when Captain W. I. Chambers purchased the first two Navy bi-planes. The Navy had seriously thought about use of aircraft in support of naval operations for only 1-2 years before the purchase. In 1910, after the Army bought their first planes from the Wright Brothers, Captain Chambers became convinced that the Navy could use airplanes.

Aired: 05/18/14

Rating: NR

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