This is a fascinating account of the start of Naval Aviation. Leo Murphy compiled a detailed record of how Pensacola became the Cradle of Naval Aviation.
Celebrate the Centennial of powered flight with the achievements of Pensacola’s own early aviators!
On December 17, 1903 Orville and Wilbur Wright launched into history with the first powered, controlled and sustained flight of an aeroplane. On November 30, 1911 Pensacola witnessed her own first successful aeroplane flight, beginning with over 90 years of near-continuous aviation achievements and adventures over the Gulf Coast that continues to this day.
Published under the new imprint, Pensacola Bay Flying Machines Ltd Co
- The 1909 “Rhodes Aeroplane: flight attempt from Fort Barrancas
- The 1911 “Nassr Aeroplane” flight attempt from Kupfrian’s Park
- The 1911 “Curtiss-Mills Pusher” flight from Palmetto Beach
- Pensacola’s first civilian airfield
- The birth of the “Cradle of Naval Aviation” and “Annapolis of the Air”
- Pensacola’s – and Florida’s – first aviation-related death
- Early aviation records set in Pensacola
- Medal of Honor awarded for aviation action in Pensacola
- Pensacola’s lighter-than-air achievements
- Visiting barnstormers, flying circuses and airtours
- Pensacola’s aviation mysteries, tragedies, and oddities