Ellyson, Theodore Gordon, CDR

Deceased
 
 Service Photo   Service Details
4 kb
View Time Line
Last Rank
Commander
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1926-1928, USS Lexington (CV-2)
Service Years
1905 - 1928
Commander
Commander

 Last Photo   Personal Details 

195 kb

Home State
Virginia
Virginia
Year of Birth
1885
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by Bersley H. Thomas, Jr. (Tom), SMCS to remember Ellyson, Theodore Gordon (1st Navy Pilot), CDR.

If you knew or served with this Sailor and have additional information or photos to support this Page, please leave a message for the Page Administrator(s) HERE.
 
Contact Info
Home Town
Richmond, Virginia
Last Address
Richmond, Virginia

Date of Passing
Feb 27, 1928
 
Location of Interment
U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery - Annapolis, Maryland
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Unknown

 Official Badges 

Allied Command Atlantic


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Golden Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon


 Military Association Memberships
United States Naval Academy Alumni Association
  1905, United States Naval Academy Alumni Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Commander Ellyson was killed on 27 February 1928, his 43rd birthday, in the crash of an aircraft in the lower Chesapeake Bay while on a night flight from Norfolk, Virginia to Annapolis, Maryland.

   
Other Comments:


Theodore Gordon Ellyson, Commander, U.S.N.
"Submariner" and "Naval Aviator Number One"
 

1885 - 1928

First United States Naval Aviator, 1911

Inducted in 1984

Theodore "Spuds" Ellyson began training in 1910 at the Glen Curtiss flight training school in San Diego and was Curtiss' first seaplane pupil. As the United States Navy's first pilot, Lieutenant Ellyson accompanied Curtiss on test flights of the first practical seaplane on January 26, 1911.

Flying a Curtiss seaplane, Ellyson and Navy Lieutenant J. H. Towers made the longest over-water flight yet attempted in October 1911. They flew from Annapolis, Maryland, to within two miles of Fort Monroe, Virginia, traveling over the Chesapeake Bay nearly the entire flight.

Ellyson was at the controls for the first successful catapult launch of the Curtis A-1 "Flying Boat" from an anchored barge at the Washington Navy Yard in November 1912. This was an important early step toward flying airplanes from ships and led to the development of aircraft carriers.

Commander Ellyson was a leader in naval aviation until he was killed in a crash off Hampton Roads, Virginia, in February 1928. Ironically, his plane came ashore at the same site his predecessor, Eugene Ely, landed his aircraft in November 1910 after the first successful takeoff from a naval vessel.

First Flight Society

   
 Photo Album   (More...


  1906-1906, USS Missouri (BB-11)

Ensign

From Month/Year
- / 1906

To Month/Year
- / 1906

Unit
USS Missouri (BB-11) Unit Page

Rank
Ensign

NEC
Not Specified

Location
Not Specified

Country/State
Not Specified
 
 
 Patch
 USS Missouri (BB-11) Details

USS Missouri (BB-11)
Maine Class Battleship: Displacement 12,500 Tons, Dimensions, 393' 11" (oa) x 72' 3" x 26' 8" (Max), Armament 4 x 12"/40 16 x 6"/50, 6 x 3"/50 2 x 18" tt. Armor, 11" Belt, 12" Turrets, 4" Decks, 10" Conning Tower. Machinery, 16,000 IHP; 2 vertical, Inverted, triple expansion engines, 2 screws. Speed, 18 Knots, Crew 561. Operational and Building Data: Laid down by Newport News, Shipbuilding, Newport News VA., February 7, 1900. Launched December 28, 1901. Commissioned January 12, 1903. Decommissioned September 8, 1919. Stricken July 1, 1921. Fate: Sold January 26, 1922 and broken up for scrap.

Type
Surface Vessels

Existing/Disbanded
Decommissioned

Parent Unit
Maine-class

Strength
Battleship

Created/Owned By
Not Specified
   

Last Updated: Apr 21, 2009
   
   
My Photos For This Duty Station
No Available Photos
3 Members Also There at Same Time
USS Missouri (BB-11)

Halsey Jr., William Frederick, FADM, (1900-1947) Ensign
Ingersoll, Royal, ADM, (1905-1946) Ensign
Hewitt, Henry Kent, ADM, (1906-1949) OFF Ensign

Copyright Togetherweserved.com Inc 2003-2011