100 Years Ago Today

A History Of Events And Happenings From Exactly One Hundred Years Ago

New Aviation Company In California

Glenn L Martin was born in Macksburg, Iowa in January 1886. As a child he was and built box-kites that people paid for and experimented by using sails with wagons, ice skates and bicycles

. After seeing the Wright and Curtiss airplanes, Martin built his own made of silk and bamboo. In May 1912 Martin flew a self-built seaplane from Newport Bay, California to Catalina Island and back. This 68 mile journey broke the record for over-water flight. He picked up a bag of mail on Catalina and was presented with $100.

On August 16, 1912 Glenn Martin opened an airplane factory in an old Methodist church in Los Angeles, California and started the Glenn L Martin Company. He plans to make military trainers.

Glenn L Martin
1912

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