Centennial of Naval Aviation
From 2011 to show how bad I was with a camera!
At least I have the memories...
from navy.com -- Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI), the "Birthplace of Naval Aviation," served as the location for the official kick off of the Centennial of Naval Aviation (CoNA) celebration, Feb. 12, as thousands of visitors attended a special Open House and Parade of Flight. The first successful hydroaeroplane flight took place at the base in 1911, just eight years after the famed 1903 Wright brother's flight in North Carolina. During 1911, the Navy began training its first pilots on the base. Twelve years later the base played host to the first non-stop transcontinental flight, and the first mid-air refueling, both in 1923. San Diego area CoNA celebrations include a series of events aimed to impress the public, instill pride throughout the armed services, and honor the rich and colorful history of naval aviation during the past 100 years. "One hundred years ago naval aviation was on the heels of the Wright Brothers' first flight at Kitty Hawk," said Rear Adm. Pat McGrath, who led the CoNA effort. "Here in San Diego, experiments with 'hydroaeroplanes' set the stage for the flying machine to become an integral part of our Navy." The U.S. Navy flight demonstration team, the Blue Angels, led the "Parade of Flight" which included aircraft ranging from World War II, to present day fighter, attack and transport aircraft. The U.S. Navy parachute team, the Leapfrogs, also made an appearance to the delights of the audience.