By C. S. Forester

Even though the seventy-four-gun HMS Sutherland is the ugliest and least fascinating two-decker within the army and a staff scarcity skill he needs to recruit 2 hundred and fifty landlubbers, Hornblower understands that by the point Sutherland and her squadron achieve the blockaded Catalonian coast each seaman will do his responsibility. yet with bold raids opposed to the French military and military to be made, it is going to take all Hornblower's seamanship and stewardship to guide a gradual direction to victory and residential. this is often the 6th of 11 books chronicling the adventures of C. S. Forester's inimitable nautical hero, Horatio Hornblower

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Successful, he flew his damaged plane toward the Norfolk Navy Yard. He landed his damaged aircraft at Willoughby Spit five minutes later after a two-mile flight. The person who arranged this record-making flight, the first take-off of an airplane from a ship, was Navy Captain Washington Irving Chambers. The bureaucratic obstacles and other challenges Chambers overcame to arrange this simple demonstration exemplify the problems he and other aviation enthusiasts faced promoting aviation and building a Navy aviation program in the years before the United States entered World War I.

Cunningham stopped flying because his fiancée refused to marry an aviator. 38 Whatever the reasons for Navy aviation’s luck thus far—and those reasons clearly included Chambers’ safety campaign and the quality and training of his pilots—that luck ran out on 20 June 1913. Billingsley, piloting the B-2 with Towers as a passenger, encountered a sudden updraft that tossed the men against the controls. Neither had worn the poorly fitting and uncomfortable safety straps mandated by Chambers. The B-2 stalled and then plunged toward the ground.

Fabre equipped a monoplane with three floats and completed the world’s first seaplane flight, taking off from and landing on the calm waters of la Méde harbor near Marseilles. Since Curtiss’ seaplane was not ready, Chambers rushed ahead with the second half of his demonstration. He arranged to land a plane on the armored cruiser Pennsylvania (ACR-4), then anchored in San Francisco Bay and commanded by Captain Charles Pond, another of Chambers’ friends. Workers erected a 119-foot wooden platform over the ship’s aft deck, attached three metal hooks to the bottom of Ely’s plane, and strung twenty ropes between 50-pound sandbags along the deck for the hooks to catch.

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