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Coronado in San Diego County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Birthplace of Naval Aviation

 
 
Birthplace of Naval Aviation Marker image. Click for full size.
By James F. Jamison, April 26, 2018
1. Birthplace of Naval Aviation Marker
Inscription. Birthplace of Naval Aviation

In 1910, on the unoccupied brushland of North Coronado Island, inventor and entrepreneur Glenn Hammond Curtiss opened his winter flying school for prospective "aeroplane pilots."Among his first class of students was Navy Lieutenant Theodore G. "Spuds" Ellyson, who would become the first Naval Aviator. In 1917, the U.S. Congress appropriated the island to support World War I effort and two airfields occupied the sandy flats - the Navy's "Camp Trouble" and the Army Signal Corps' Rockwell Field. The Army vacated Rockwell Field in 1935, at which time the Navy expanded its operations to cover the whole island. Many aviation milestones originated from North Island including the first seaplane flight in the United States in 1911.

San Diego, California was designated the "Birthplace of Naval Aviation" by the Armed Services Committee of the United States House of Representatives on 24 March 1961.

Marker Place By
California State Society, Daughters of the American Revolution 2011
 
Erected 2011 by California State Society, Daughters of the American Revolution.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
 
Location. 32° 41.987′ 

Birthplace of Naval Aviation Marker image. Click for full size.
By James F. Jamison, April 26, 2018
2. Birthplace of Naval Aviation Marker
The USS Midway Museum is visible on the other side of the San Diego Bay from the Birth of Naval Aviation historical marker.
N, 117° 10.307′ W. Marker is in Coronado, California, in San Diego County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Orange Avenue and 1st Street. Touch for map. Marker is located in Coronado's Centennial Park on the west side of the pedestrian path that leads to the Skyline Viewpoint, just short of the viewpoint. Marker is in this post office area: Coronado CA 92118, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Centennial Park (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Coronado Ferryboat Terminal (about 400 feet away); First Firehouse Site - 1892 (about 600 feet away); San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Stockdale Tribute (approx. 0.7 miles away); Balboa Park (approx. 0.7 miles away); Downtown San Diego (approx. 0.7 miles away); James B. Stockdale (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coronado.
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, World I
 
<i>Coronado, Calif. Curtiss ready to fly</i> image. Click for full size.
Photo courtesy of the University of Wisconsin Brittingham Lantern Slides Collection, February 26, 1911
3. Coronado, Calif. Curtiss ready to fly
"Aviation pioneer Glenn Curtiss preparing for a flying demonstration. Curtiss made the first publically observed 1 km. flight in 1908. Though he was involved in a protracted legal battle with the Wright brothers over patent infringement, their two companies eventually merged into the Curtiss-Wright Corporation." - Univ. of Wisconsin
<i>Planes over Rockwell Field in flight over San Diego</i> image. Click for full size.
Kearny Photo Service (photo courtesy of California State Library), 1918
4. Planes over Rockwell Field in flight over San Diego
"View from rooftop shows airplanes from Rockwell Field in flight over San Diego. Shows Hotel St. James and other buildings; people gathered on roofs to watch." - CSL
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 26, 2018, by Col. James F. Jamison, USMC (Ret) of Coronado, California. This page has been viewed 106 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 26, 2018, by Col. James F. Jamison, USMC (Ret) of Coronado, California.   3, 4. submitted on April 26, 2018. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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