the first successful aircraft landing
USS Pennsylvania (ACR-4), also referred to as Armored
Cruiser No. 4, was the lead ship of her six-ship class. On January
18, 1911, Eugene Ely landed his Curtiss plane on a
platform constructed on USS Pennsylvania's afterdeck
anchored in San Francisco Bay using the first tailhook
system. This was the world's first successful
aircraft landing on a ship, thus opening the era of
naval aviation and aircraft carriers.
Future Rear Admiral Ellis M. Zacharias served as a line
officer aboard of the Pennsylvania which was
renamed Pittsburgh in 2012.
Pittsburgh became flagship
for two of the Commander-in-Chiefs, US Naval Forces
European Waters, Admiral Philip Andrews in 1924–1925 and
Vice-Admiral Roger Welles in 1925–1926.
Like all of our warship
models, this USS
PENNSYLVANIA ship model
has the following qualities:
hull construction, weighing less than 30 lbs (A solid hull of this model
would be over 120 lbs requires two strong persons
and a fortified table.)
- Hollow superstructure comprised of many individual
thin pieces of wood glued together, not few blocks stacking on top one
- Windows are cutouts (not black decals), thanks to the
- Light rust appearance
to give the ship a tough battle look (not a brand
new shiny toy)
- >95% of parts are wood and metal.
60" long x 24" tall x 9" wide
Note: As long as you
don't see the "sold" sign
next to s&h
$220, the model is
still available for purchase.