Wings Over Water: Aircraft Carrier Origins

In this video, we discuss the great steps in naval aviation that led up to the birth of modern aircraft carriers. We begin with Eugene Ely, the first man to land and take off an airplane from the deck of a warship. Next, we learn about how the earliest iterations of aircraft carriers were used in the field and how these first flights set precedents for the future.

The intro music was written and performed by C. Keith Hansley for use on this YouTube channel. The atmospheric track throughout the rest of the video is Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries”

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