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Dunning landing on Furious
Dunning after successful landing
Sqn Cdr Dunning
Furious with fore and aft flight decks

On this day 2 August 1917

Published: 02 Aug 2014

On this day 2 August 1917 First deck landing on a ship underway

Sqn Cdr Edwin Harris Dunning lands his Sopwith pup aboard HMS Furious; the first deck landing on a ship under way.

On 7 August, he made one more successful landing in the same manner, but on his second attempt that day, in Pup N6452, the engine choked and the aircraft crashed off the starboard bow and he drowned. The deck arrangement was unsatisfactory because aircraft had to manoeuvre around the central superstructure in order to land.

Furious was later modified with a full length flight deck.


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