John Rodgers

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Lieutenant John Rogers was an early hydroplane pilot in the U.S. Navy.

In November 1911 made a trial with a hydroplane operating in tandem with the USS Ohio, flying at 50mph and skimming the surface of the water.[1][2]

On 27 July 1912 he sent first radio message from aircraft to ship, flying a Wright Model B hydroplane over the Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis, and sending the letter "D" in Morse Code to the torpedo boat Bailey.[3]

His brother Calbraith Perry Rogers was also a military pilot. Both brothers trained at the Wright School of Aviation in Dayton.[4][5]


  1. Jackman & Russell, 1912, Flying Machines, p. 253.
  2. "Progress of the Month in Aviation", Popular Mechanics, January 1912, p. 36.
  3. Spencer Tucker, Almanac of American Military History, Vol. 1., p. 1231.
  4. Goldstone, 2015, p. 305, etc.
  5. "Wright Schools of Aviation" advertisement in Aeronautics, January 1913, p, 39.