Ely, Eugene

Ely, Eugene

(1886–1911) aviator; born in Williamsburg, Iowa. He worked as a chauffeur before learning to fly in California in 1909. The next year, he was the first person to fly to and from a warship. An exhibition pilot, he died while attempting a dip at the state fairgrounds, Macon, Ga.
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