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Airplane vs. Battleship | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society

Photograph

Airplane vs. Battleship

Airplane vs. Battleship | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
This photograph from the album of aviation pioneer Jesse Brabazon is described by him as the "first simulated bombing in history, using an aeroplane versus a warship." The print was presented to Brabazon by Lincoln Beachey. In the photograph it is Beachey who is dropping smoke bombs from his Curtiss pusher on to the Gorgonzola, a captured Spanish-American War battleship. In the background is the yacht Lyndonia.  Brabazon recalled that the source of Beachey's unsuccessful attempt to draw attention to the strategic potential of airplanes was a game of catch at Cicero Field between a pilot in an airplane and a man on the ground. This event predated the sinking of the Ostfriesland by several years.
DESCRIPTION
This photograph from the album of aviation pioneer Jesse Brabazon is described by him as the "first simulated bombing in history, using an aeroplane versus a warship." The print was presented to Brabazon by Lincoln Beachey. In the photograph it is Beachey who is dropping smoke bombs from his Curtiss pusher on to the Gorgonzola, a captured Spanish-American War battleship. In the background is the yacht Lyndonia. Brabazon recalled that the source of Beachey's unsuccessful attempt to draw attention to the strategic potential of airplanes was a game of catch at Cicero Field between a pilot in an airplane and a man on the ground. This event predated the sinking of the Ostfriesland by several years.
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:10497
Creation Date: 1913
Creator Name:Unknown
City:Chicago
County:
State:Illinois
Collection Name:Album 24 (Aeronautical History)
Genre:Photograph
Original Format Type:photographic print, b&w
Original Format Number:Album 24.40
Original Dimensions:8.5 x 7.5 inches
SUBJECTS
Combat
Spanish-American War, 1898
War
Warships
Outdoor photography
Airplanes
Water

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