“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Newport Beach in Orange County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

First Water-to-Water Flight

First Water-to-Water Flight Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, May 6, 2001
1. First Water-to-Water Flight Marker
Inscription. Glen L. Martin flew his own plane, built in Santa Ana, from the waters of the Pacific Ocean at Balboa to Catalina Island, May 10, 1912. This was the first water-to-water flight and the longest and fastest over-water flight to that date. Martin, on his return to the mainland, carried the day's mail from Catalina--another first.
Erected 1963 by California State Park Commission in cooperation with the City of Newport Beach. (Marker Number 775.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the California Historical Landmarks marker series.
Location. 33° 36.055′ N, 117° 53.991′ W. Marker is in Newport Beach, California, in Orange County. Marker is on Balboa Pier. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Balboa Pier, Newport Beach CA 92661, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rendezvous Ballroom (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Balboa Pavilion (about 700 feet away); Old Landing (approx. 1.2 miles away); McFadden (Newport) Wharf (approx. 1.7 miles away); Mariner's Mile (approx. 1.9 miles away); Ozment General Store & Post Office 1908(c) (approx. 3 miles away); F.M. Bloom Shoe Repairs 1923(c) (approx. 3 miles away); Davis Barbershop & Soda Fountain 1921(c) (approx. 3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Newport Beach.
More about this marker. This site has been designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No. 775.
Categories. Air & Space
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 462 times since then and 17 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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