By Bruce Linder
San Diego hasn't ever been afraid to name itself a "Navy Town," and the optimistic and encouraging hyperlink among the army and the town is familiar with no equivalent around the kingdom. For over a hundred and fifty years, starting with the U.S. Navy's seize of town for the U.S. within the commencing days of the Mexican warfare, the army has been an indelible a part of San Diego's way of life, tradition, and energy. not just has the military shaped the bedrock of the region's financial system, however it has contributed to shaping the inhabitants whereas endowing town with a feeling of overseas and cosmopolitan knowledge that separates San Diego from many different towns of its measurement. San Diego and its army take pleasure in a different courting, one deeply rooted in historical point of view that renews itself with each
passing 12 months.
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One reporter gushed, “Never earlier than has San Diego and Coronado been the scene of the sort of amassing and such enthusiasm. ” (Maritime Museum of San Diego. ) This photo exhibits the conning officer and helmsman status watch aboard battleship Connecticut, flagship of the good White Fleet. (Naval ancient middle. ) Sailors from nice White Fleet battleships parade down Broadway and prior the nonetheless under-construction U. S. provide resort whereas 1000s of spectators cheer them on. The vast red-white-and-blue arrangements that the Fleet occasion Committee prepared on little realize are basically obtrusive on many downtown constructions. (Maritime Museum of San Diego. ) The yachting neighborhood and the military have consistently loved a detailed social dating in San Diego. the following millionaire Sir Thomas Lipton (center) and occasion, and different contributors of the San Diego yachting neighborhood stopover at Rear Adm. W. H. H. Southerland at a yachting reception in San Diego Bay in November 1912, most likely aboard Southerland’s flagship California. (San Diego Yacht membership. ) 3 THE BIRTHPLACE OF NAVAL AVIATION In 1911, the open, scrub-covered expanse of North Island represented the simplest position within the country for brand spanking new experiments within the fledgling technology of aviation. Blessed with near-perfect winds, more desirable climate, safe bay-side water, open area, and a level of safety from interfering observers (as crusing or swimming have been the one how one can stopover at the island), North Island quick stuck the eye of inventor Glenn Curtiss as a wintry weather base for his efforts to plan the 1st plane which could take off and land on water. On January 26, 1911, Curtiss flew his untried “hydroaeroplane” from the placid waters of Spanish Bight in San Diego Bay to mark the first-ever flight of a seaplane. instantly after this ancient milestone, Curtiss intensified efforts to persuade the military to buy his layout. Ever the entrepreneur, Curtiss sweetened the supply by means of suggesting that he educate army pilots at no cost. The military special Lt. Theodore Ellyson to North Island to obtain Curtiss’s guideline, and Ellyson was once quickly special as Naval Aviator No. 1. almost immediately thereafter, naval aviation used to be formally born with the institution of its first aviation squadron (consisting of 2 Curtiss plane and one in every of a Wright Brothers’ layout) at North Island. Above, Glenn Curtiss’s unique hydroaeroplane rises from San Diego Bay in early 1911. Curtiss’ good fortune got here from a devotion to dogged tinkering. no longer depending on any medical research of hydrodynamics or types towed in trying out tanks, Curtiss experimented with over 50 diversified pontoon prototypes in out of date trial-and-error model. The first-ever flight of a seaplane (pictured under) came about in Spanish Bight at the morning of January 26, 1911, and used to be repeated a moment time that afternoon. as soon as Curtiss extra perfected his layout with retractable wheels for land operation and educated the navy’s first aviator in its operation, he used to be in a position to promote the military of its first 3 airplane.