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By Scott McGaugh

No urban is as pleased with its army historical past as San Diego, often called army city, united states. Congress additionally has particular San Diego because the Birthplace of Naval Aviation. even if, its group cloth displays a extra diversified and tightly woven dating with our countries security. over the last century, the town has invented after which reinvented itself in accordance with moving international affairs and nationwide priorities. it all started with a winning crusade to develop into a West Coast army base within the early 1900s. by way of the Nineteen Thirties, army airplane production drove fiscal improvement. After explosive progress in global conflict II, San Diego emerged as a longtime army city. on the sunrise of the chilly struggle, San Diego recast itself as a house for chilly conflict learn and improvement and protection contractors. this day, San Diego is an the world over popular protection technological know-how and expertise improvement middle, a urban within which one in 4 jobs and completely 50 percentage of local household product are safeguard similar. Like no different urban in the US, San Diego has grown from a distant army presidio outpost to develop into a preeminent Pacific powerhouse.

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Era unfolded, the Navy and Marines sought new San Diego had gone all in as a city devoted to Then came the explosion of military aviation training facilities, and the West Coast took on the military. technology. Over the course of nearly 20 years, greater strategic importance. 63 The Military in San Diego Recruits at the naval training station were eager for liberty after spending their first three weeks quarantined in isolated pockets of tents to prevent the spread of chicken pox, measles, polio, and influenza.

Numerous test flights were conducted over San Diego Bay in early 1911, to the delight of thousands of San Diego onlookers. Initial designs with two pontoons were soon replaced by single-pontoon aircraft. The pontoon was 12 feet long, 2 feet wide, and 1 foot deep. Supporting slats on each wingtip kept the wings out of the water. Evaluations were made of aircraft with engines behind the pilot and those with motors in front (causing numerous exhaust and sight challenges for the pilot). Some students taking the more expensive hydroaeroplane course enjoyed chasing pelicans across the bay.

John C. Walker Jr. lies on the pontoon as assistants prepare a hydroaeroplane for takeoff with Curtiss at the controls. Walker was one of first three Army aviators taught by Curtiss, selected from 30 Army volunteers. 36 An Era of Opportunity: 1908–1916 Curtiss established a navigation milestone when one of his aircraft successfully landed on a makeshift landing deck aboard the USS Pennsylvania in San Francisco Bay in January 1911. But temporary modifications interfered with the armored cruiser’s guns.

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