That's Ely and his Curtiss pusher biplane on the Pennsylvania, getting ready to take off again and return to land. Alas, flying in those days was a very risky business, and Ely did not survive the year. He died in a plane crash in Macon, Ga., on October 19, 1911. In 1933, he was recognized posthumously with the Distinguished Flying Cross.
March 21, 2012 12:54 PM PDT
Photo by: Naval History & Heritage Command Photographic Department