Birthplace of Naval Aviation

Birthplace of Naval Aviation (HM277H)

Location: Coronado, CA 92118 San Diego County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 41.987', W 117° 10.307'

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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.

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California State Society, Daughters of the American Revolution 2011
HM NumberHM277H
Series This marker is part of the Daughters of the American Revolution series
Year Placed2011
Placed ByCalifornia State Society, Daughters of the American Revolution
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, April 26th, 2018 at 10:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 483898 N 3618018
Decimal Degrees32.69978333, -117.17178333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 41.987', W 117° 10.307'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 41' 59.22" N, 117° 10' 18.42" W
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Area Code(s)619, 858
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1101 1st St, Coronado CA 92118, US
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