In November 1910, Eugene Ely of the Curtiss Aviation Company took off in a Curtiss Pusher from the USS Birmingham anchored in the Hampton Roads channel off the Virginia coast. (He landed on the beach.) From this quiet beginning, U.S. carrier aviation has grown into one of the strongest force projections in the world. To commemorate aircraft carrier history and educate the country about its extraordinary technology and traditions, in June 2016 Congress named November National U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier Month. You can learn how these cities on the sea operate by browsing these pages about carrier aviation and by visiting one of the five U.S. aircraft carrier museums in the country. Here are some other ways to celebrate:
Lovepop Aircraft Carrier Card: Lovepop Cards has created a custom card in support of National U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier Month. The card, which features a three-dimensional cut-out of an aircraft carrier, will be sold throughout the month of November across the country to support aircraft carriers and the U.S. Navy service men and women who serve aboard them. Lovepop is graciously donating $1 for each aircraft carrier card sold during the month of November to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. The cards are available for purchase here.
Aircraft Carrier Town USA Competition: To honor the hard-working American communities that have a passion for and commitment to the U.S. Navy, including those who build aircraft carriers and serve our nation, the National U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier Month Committee will recognize one proud supplier town as “Aircraft Carrier Town USA.” In addition to the title of Aircraft Carrier Town USA, the winning town will also be granted $2,500 in support of an educational, vocational or charitable cause of its choosing. See the finalists towns and learn how you can get involved, here.
School Education Program: Throughout the month, aircraft carrier veterans are collaborating with elementary schools in their local areas to make presentations to students about the exciting life aboard an aircraft carrier and teach lessons on the advances in flying. The program also aims to foster an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and the U.S. Navy by highlighting the vast variety of rewarding, well-paying professional paths aboard a carrier. The program is a great way for schools to honor a veteran near Veterans Day. You can learn more about volunteering to speak to elementary school students about your time on a carrier, here.