Curtiss in the origins of aviation in the United States Navy. A self-taught mechanic and inventor, Curtiss was a key figure in the development of the airplane during the early part of the century. His contributions are generally well known, among them a control system using the aileron instead of the Wrights' wing-warping, the first successful hydro-airplane and flying boat, among other developments.
Curtiss's links to the Navy came as result of advocates of aviation in the Navy, chief among them Captain Washington I.
Chambers, who recognized that the navy had special requirements for airplanes and their operations, and for aviators and their training. In a partnership with the navy, Curtiss helped meet the special requirements of the service for aircraft, particularly those with the potential for operating with naval vessels at sea or in conducting long-distance flights over water. Although Glenn Curtiss was not the first to fly, one cannot deny his critical role in the early days of flight. William Trimble's biography is a must-read for both aviation and naval historians.
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