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2022 Collectible A-1 Triad Ornament

2022 Collectible A-1 Triad Ornament

Only Available While Supplies Last!
Price $35.00

Give the gift that honors and celebrates the US Navy's first aircraft, the A-1Triad. The 3-D A-1 Triad replica ornament is gold-plated brass that features A-1 Triad and the year 2022 etched in gold on top of the ailerons. The ornament is threaded with a red ribbon and placed in a velvet-lined box. This collectible ornament comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity and is only available while supplies last. All proceeds benefit the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation.

History of the A-1 Triad
The Navy requisitioned the airplane in May 1911, just months after civilian pilot Eugene Ely successfully demonstrated that an aircraft could operate from a ship. Yet, the A-1's builder, pioneer aircraft manufacturer Glenn Curtiss, convinced the Navy of the airplane's utility for naval purposes. He flew an early floatplane to a ship and landed on the water alongside it. The aircraft was brought aboard and put back over the side by crane, demonstrating that a plane could be launched and recovered from a standard ship.

The A-1 was the aircraft in which the Navy's first aviators learned to fly. The A-1's nickname was derived from the fact that in addition to flying, its pontoon float and retractable landing gear allowed it to operate from both land and water. As expected of the Navy's first aircraft, the Triad was the platform for early experiments, including making the first-night water landing without the benefit of landing lights, tests in airborne wireless communication, and a cross-country flight covering a distance of 112 miles in 122 minutes. It also participated in early catapult trials, though both Naval Aviator No. 1 Theodore Ellyson and the aircraft plunked into the Severn River during the first test launch on July 31, 1912. It proved just one of many minor accidents encountered during the airplane's service, but the A-1's luck eventually ran out. After 285 flights and numerous rebuilds, it was damaged beyond repair in a crash on October 6, 1912.

Specifications
Type: Pusher Biplane
Crew: Pilot and passenger
Powerplant: One 75-horsepower Curtiss V-8 engine
Dimensions:  Length: 28 ft., 7 1/8 in.; Height: 8 ft., 10 in.; Wingspan: 37 ft.
Weights: Empty: 925 lb.; Gross: 1,575 lb.
Performance: Maximum Speed: 60 M.P.H.

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2022 Collectible A-1 Triad Ornament

Only Available While Supplies Last!
Price $35.00

Give the gift that honors and celebrates the US Navy's first aircraft, the A-1Triad. The 3-D A-1 Triad replica ornament is gold-plated brass that features A-1 Triad and the year 2022 etched in gold on top of the ailerons. The ornament is threaded with a red ribbon and placed in a velvet-lined box. This collectible ornament comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity and is only available while supplies last. All proceeds benefit the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation.

History of the A-1 Triad
The Navy requisitioned the airplane in May 1911, just months after civilian pilot Eugene Ely successfully demonstrated that an aircraft could operate from a ship. Yet, the A-1's builder, pioneer aircraft manufacturer Glenn Curtiss, convinced the Navy of the airplane's utility for naval purposes. He flew an early floatplane to a ship and landed on the water alongside it. The aircraft was brought aboard and put back over the side by crane, demonstrating that a plane could be launched and recovered from a standard ship.

The A-1 was the aircraft in which the Navy's first aviators learned to fly. The A-1's nickname was derived from the fact that in addition to flying, its pontoon float and retractable landing gear allowed it to operate from both land and water. As expected of the Navy's first aircraft, the Triad was the platform for early experiments, including making the first-night water landing without the benefit of landing lights, tests in airborne wireless communication, and a cross-country flight covering a distance of 112 miles in 122 minutes. It also participated in early catapult trials, though both Naval Aviator No. 1 Theodore Ellyson and the aircraft plunked into the Severn River during the first test launch on July 31, 1912. It proved just one of many minor accidents encountered during the airplane's service, but the A-1's luck eventually ran out. After 285 flights and numerous rebuilds, it was damaged beyond repair in a crash on October 6, 1912.

Specifications
Type: Pusher Biplane
Crew: Pilot and passenger
Powerplant: One 75-horsepower Curtiss V-8 engine
Dimensions:  Length: 28 ft., 7 1/8 in.; Height: 8 ft., 10 in.; Wingspan: 37 ft.
Weights: Empty: 925 lb.; Gross: 1,575 lb.
Performance: Maximum Speed: 60 M.P.H.

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