A-1 Triad

Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company

"It was upon the wings of the A-1 Triad, the U.S. Navy's first aircraft, that U.S. naval aviation took flight. Ordered in May 1911, just months after civilian pilot Eugene Ely successfully demonstrated that an aircraft could operate from a ship and aircraft manufacturer Glenn Curtiss demonstrated the feasibility of landing an aircraft alongside a ship so that it could brought aboard and put over the side by a crane, the A-1 was nicknamed Triad because with a pontoon float and retractable landing gear it could fly from both water and land. Read more »

Description (physical):

Length: 28 ft., 7 1/8 in.; Height: 8 ft., 10 in.; Wingspan: 37 ft.

1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola, Florida, 32508
National Naval Aviation Museum