History

The Marine Corps has forged a winning team with its air power and ground forces.

One hundred years ago, Orville and Wilbur Wright took turns guiding their wood and fabric Flyer over the dunes of Kitty Hawk, N.C.  Just over five years later, the Navy had made up its mind to acquire flying machines.  Unfortunately, the then-Secretary of the Navy stated, “The department does not consider that the development of the aeroplane has progressed sufficiently at this time for use in the Navy.”

The Navy persisted, and by 1912 had four aviators on its rolls.  Aviation pioneer Glenn Curtiss was training pilots and developing flying boats here in San Diego.  Daring pilots were making carrier landings and take-offs and learning to drop bombs on ships and trenches.