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#775:  Site of First Water-to-Water Flight

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Location:

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

33.600775,-117.900117

 

 

Plaque:

State Plaque

Notes:

When I returned for a better picture, the state plaque was nowhere to be found. The private plaque is there.


From the Guidebook:

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.


From the plaque:

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.



©2009 David Schmitt