Charles H. Maddox
Captain, United States Navy
H. Maddox was born on 23 February 1886, and graduated from the United States
Naval Academy 1909.
He perfected the air-sea radio. He was a Captain
and retired Naval Officer, who died at the Bethesda Naval Hospital
on 21 September 1964. He was buried with full military honors at Arlintion
High over the torpedo boat USS Stringham, the first wireless message from an airplane to a ship is transmitted to her from a Wright B-1 Flyer flown by Lieutenant John Rodgers and Ensign Charles Maddox.
July 26, 1912:
Lieuenant John Rodgers and Ensign Charles Maddox become the first Naval Aviators to transmit a message from an aircraft to a ship.
The two pilots, flying a Wright B-1 hydroaeroplane,
transmitted the letter "D" in Morse code to the torpedo boat USS Stringham
in the Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis, Maryland.