Issue Date: 02/08/2017
Issue Name: Centenary of the First Successful Deck Landing on a Moving Ship
Producer: Buckingham Covers
This lovely cover commemorates the centenary of the first successful deck landing on a moving ship. This cover has been produced in partnership with the National Museum of the Royal Navy and features an aeroplane smiler stamp and label of the deck landing, and has been postmarked on the centenary at Kirkwall, Orkney.
E H Dunning
2nd August 1917, Dunning became the first person to land an aircraft on a moving ship. While performing trials, he landed a Sopwith 'Pup', (believed to have been N6453), successfully on board HMS Furious in Scapa Flow, Orkney. The success proved that deck landing at sea could be a practical proposition, meaning that aircraft could be flown repeatedly rather than as single operations.
The Sopwith 'Pup', (officially named the Sopwith Scout) was a single seater biplane; its good manouverability and flying characteristics made it ideal for use in deck landing trials.
Sadly, just five days later, during his second landing attempt of the day, an updraft caught his part wing and Dunning's plane was thrown overboard. He was knocked unconcious and died. He was just 25.
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