• From:2011 General Aviation Finalists

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      Bob Coolbaugh pilots the only flying replica of Eugene B. Ely’s 1911 Curtiss Pusher over the golden fields of NAS Patuxent River, Md. The Curtiss Pusher, built and flown by former naval aviator Coolbaugh and Andrew King, conducted a series of flights with volunteer flight-test engineers from NAS Patuxent River, who assessed the flying qualities that Ely would have experienced a century ago. Credit: Liz Goettee, Lexington Park, Md.

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