Newport Beach in Orange County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
First Water-to-Water Flight
[Original Marker, Removed in 2010:]
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.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Air & Space. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmark series list.
Location. 33° 36.055′ N, 117° 53.991′ W. Marker is in Newport Beach, California, in Orange County. Marker is on Balboa Pier. Touch for map. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rendezvous Ballroom (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Balboa Village (about 600 feet away); Balboa Pavilion (about 700 feet away); First Ferry Service Between Balboa and Balboa Island (approx. 0.3 miles away); Old Landing (approx. 1.2 miles away); McFadden (Newport) Wharf (approx. 1.7 miles away); Site of 3rd National Boy Scout Jamboree (approx. 1.9 miles away); Mariner's Mile (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newport Beach.
More about this marker. This site has been designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No. 775.
During a remodel of the Balboa Pier, some time around 2010, the original marker was removed and replaced with a smaller marker.
Also see . . . Glenn L. Martin (Wikipedia). "Glenn Luther Martin (January 17, 1886 – December 5, 1955) was an early American aviation pioneer. He designed and built his own aircraft and was an active pilot, as well as an aviation record-holder. He founded an aircraft company in 1912 which through several mergers amalgamated into what is today known as Lockheed Martin." (Submitted on June 26, 2018.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 26, 2018. It was originally submitted on December 10, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 651 times since then and 32 times this year. Last updated on June 26, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 26, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. 3. submitted on December 10, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. 4. submitted on June 26, 2018. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.