#0775 Site of First Water-to-Water Flight

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#0775 Site of First Water-to-Water Flight

Site information:

S end of Main St at start of Balboa Pier, Newport Beach

33.600775,-117.900117

Plaque information:

There once was a state plaque, but when I returned for a better picture, it was nowhere to be found. The private plaque is there at the beginning of the pier.

Plaque text:

Historic Flight
On May 10, 1912, Glenn L. Martin flew his hydroplane, built in Orange County, from the sea near the Balboa pier to Catalina Island. This was the fastest and longest flight over water at that time.

OHP description:

On May 10, 1912, Glenn L. Martin flew his own plane, built in Santa Ana, from the waters of the Pacific Ocean at Balboa to Catalina Island. This was the first water-to-water flight, and the longest and fastest overwater flight, to that date. On his return to the mainland, Martin carried the day's mail from Catalina-another first.

Registered 9/25/1962

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