Many current residents or visitors to San Diego don’t realize that North Coronado Island is where naval aviation began. Navy Lieutenant Theodore Ellyson arrived to deserted sand flats known as the North Island area of San Diego in 1911. While part of modern day Coronado, this land mass was actually separated during the high tide portion of the day. Glenn Curtiss, a competitor to the Wright Brothers leased the property and set up shop teaching flying to Army and Navy pilots. This lasted until 1917, the beginning of the American entry into World War I, when the military assumed the area.
Today, you can experience flight over and around the Birthplace of Aviation similar to planes that flew during World War I. Join us at www.sandiegoskytours.com and we will tell you the story from above.
BY PHIL KENDRO, Oct 5, 2016