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North Island Naval Air Station

Location: San Diego, CA, USA
Date: 1917Creator(s): U.S. Navy

Known as the birthplace of Naval Aviation, North Island was the site of the first successful seaplane flight and the first amphibious flight in the U.S., both made by Glenn Curtiss.  The first Naval pilot, Lt. T.G. Ellyson, was trained here at the Curtiss Aviation Camp.  A flight school established here by Ellyson trained the next Naval aviators as well as the Navy’s first aviation maintenance personnel.  North Island was also the site of the first night flight, and the home of the first aircraft carrier, the USS Langley.

In 1963 the North Island was officially recognized as the "Birthplace of Naval Aviation" by resolution of the US House Armed Services Committee

Tags: Era: 1910-1919
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Naval Air Station North Island
USS George Washington and USS Ronald Reagan pierside at Naval Air Station North Island
Naval Air Station North Island
San Diego, CA, USA

Naval Air Station North Island

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