California Wings - A History of Aviation in the Golden State by William A. Schoneberger

By William A. Schoneberger

A finished historical past of California aviation starting in San Francisco with Frederick Marriotts Aviator Hermes, Jr., Americas first winning dirigible. California has loved a colourful and wealthy aviation heritage relationship again to the times of 1849 while Rufus Porter constructed a scheme to take apprehensive argonauts to the gold fields from big apple in 3 days through a cigar formed aerial locomotive. in line with writer William A. Schoneberger, the Golden kingdom has contributed extra to aviation historical past than possibly the other zone of the area as a result of its favorable weather, enterprising humans, and openness to new principles. Many aviation firsts came about in California reminiscent of the 1st airship flight (1869), first glider (1883), and primary overseas aviation meet (1910) to call quite a few. to boot, the kingdom has been blessed with greater than its percentage of aerial heroes together with John Joseph Montgomery, Glenn Martin, Glenn Curtiss, Donald Douglas, Lawrence Bell, Jack Northrop, Charles Lindbergh, Cal Rodgers, Wiley put up, Amelia Earhart, Pancho Barnes, Jackie Cochran and Chuck Yeager. All have been associated in a single means or the opposite with California.

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Ingenious, bold, and persevering, these NAA years Dutch Kindelberger telling contribution to War American II. In June 1938 Dutch was in England discussing trainer aircraft sales, and as he toured he noted the handcrafting techniques used in British aircraft factories. Then, trading on aviation's camaraderie, and doubtless his German heritage, Kindelberger fulfilled a secret Army Air Corps request to visit Germany. He received a cordial invitation from Ernst Udet, World War I German ace and an air show acquaintance.

V Glenn Martin flew at the second Dominguez Hills meet in December 1910 (when this photo may have able a publicist as he flyer, Martin did much acceptance of flying. Flying attire. In the was to As and achieve public He was known Dude" because Courtesy, been taken). a builder as "The of his stylish flying SPNBPC/LAPL summer of 1909 Glenn Martin rented an abandoned Methodist church at Second and Main streets in Santa Ana to work on his second plane with his friend and assistant, Roy Beall. The biplane, shown under construction here, was Martin's first successful design.

Like so many others, Kindelberger found his call to aviation in the military. Enlisting in the Engineers, he soon transferred to the Aviation Section of the Signal Corps. Sure, he had seen Lincoln Beachey flying at the Wheeling Fair Grounds, but it was the Army that gave him his chance to fly. Learning on the ubiquitous Jenny, Kindelberger received ground training at Ohio State University, preliminary flight familiari- and early flying practice at Park Memphis, Tennessee. He didn't make it to zation at Dallas, Field, France.

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