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lib IS THIS IS THE FIRST OF A THREE-PART SERIES ON CATALINA ISLAND'S AVIATION HISTORY. PART 1:1912 to 1940 BY JIM WATSON One hundred years ago last May, Catalina Island was plunged into the world of a new-fangled technology known as "aviation" with the first flight to the Island by the aeroplane. Flown by now-legendary aero- space pioneer Glenn Martin, the home-built biplane took 33 min- utes to cross the channel between Newport Beach and Avalon Bay. The flight was nearly postponed by Martin because of the .seasonal marine layer, or "May Gray." But the threat of a competitor making the same flight on the same day spurred Martin into action despite the weather. Wearing a three-pieee suit and carrying only a chronometer, a compass and a bicycle inner tube around his neck for flotation (if needed), Martin made the historic flight, returning to Newport Beach later that same day. The flight made headlines around the world and the age of CATALINA COUPLES: Thomas Solorio and Kerry Ellen Ponce Please send us your favorite photo of yourself or of another local Catalina couple to be included in the Catalina Islander. They can be young or old; in special places, special occasions orJust at home. Email your high resolution photo to ed@cinews.us. C I ISLfI1/D6B Founded in 1913 by Ernest Windle THURSDAY GATHERING 7PM Group Publisher Vince BodiforC vince@cinews.us Editor Dennis Kaiser ed@cinews.us Advertising Pat Jamieson advertising@cinews.us Office Manager Jennifer Leonhardi manager@cinews.us Accounting Judy Murra~ judy@localnewspapers.org 101 MARILLA #.6 AVALON, CA 90704 (310) 510-0500 FAX: (310) 510-2882 Postmaster: Send address changes to The Catalina Islander P.O. Box 428, Avalon," CA 90704 DEADLINES Calendar: Noon Monday . News: 5 p.m,'Monday I Display Advertising: 2 p.m. Tuesday I Classified Advertising: Noon Tuesday Legal/Public Notices: 5 p.m, Monday SUBSCRIPTIONS Send to manager@clnews,us One Year Suhscriotlon: Catalina .............................................. $39 Mainland ............................................ $48 Subscriptions via First Class Mail are available for S80/year A Publication of CommunltyMedla Corporation. CATALINA ISLANDER (USPS 093-140) Acceotance under 39C, F,R. 3464 periodicals postage paid at Avalon, CA 90704 and other additional offices, Adjudication DecreeNo. 377598. Date of Adjudication: Oct, 4. 1934 Exact Name of Newspaper as shown in the Petition for Ad~dication: The Catalina Islander, Published weekly at 101 Mariiia Avenue. #6 Avalon. CA 90704, The entire contents of The Catalina Islander are copyrighted by The Catalina Islander. NO part may be reproduced in any fashion without written consent of the ~ublisher. This publication is printed almoSt entirely on recycled paper, Contents Copyright @ 2012 and Title ~egistered, Catalina Islander, Inc., All Rights Reserved. ~ PROUD MEMBER OF THE CALIFORNIA NEWSPAPER PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION DESCANSO aviation on Catalina Island had begun. It didn't take long after Martin's historic flight for others in the avi- ation world to begin eyeing Cata- lina as a flight destination, spe- cifically for potential commercial" applications. If it took a steamer two-and-a-half hours to cross the channel often in uncomfortably rough seasnmany enterprising pilots saw the potential for earn= ing some quick cash by flying visi- tors and residents back and forth to the Island. Among the first of, these entre- preneurs was none other than Syd Chaplin, Charlie Chaplin's half- brother. In 1919, Syd started the first airline on the West Coast (be- lieved to be only the second airline in the nation), flying passengers between the harbor at Wilmington and Catalina Island. Because of his brother's connections, many of these passengers were well-known celebrities. But the air business was still in its infancy and Chap- lin Air Line, as it was called, only lasted two years. Outside of a short-lived local air tour operation called H.H. Hol- loway Aerial Service, which of- fered 15-minute flights around the Island for $5, it wouldn't be until 1922 that cross-channel scheduled air service began again in earnest. Enjoy our Lobster Paella dinner menu during the month of September in one of our heated cabanas. Dinners are held every Saturday night. Re -wafions required. %~fm;plimcnra~ u~ ~)f(;aban;ls during did}nor hc~urs on Saturda~ ni~nt~, LEFT: A Wilmington-Catalina Airline .Douglas Dolphin prepares to take on passengers at the amphibian base at Hamilton Cove. The Douglas Dolphin was specifically designed and built by Donald Douglas and P.K. Wrigley for the Catalina mute. RIGHT: A Pacific Marine Airways Curtiss Seagull soars effortlessly above the S.S. Avalon in this early 1920s magazine cover. Doubts about the feasibility Western Air Express, which con- and reliability of air travel to the tinued providing passenger service Island were put to rest when an for another three years. Unlike the aviator named Ellard A. Bacon gossamer Curtiss Seagulls used by started up x~aat would become Chaplin and PMA, Western Air one of the most successful early Express used the state-of-the-art airlines in world history. Pacific Loening amphibians, which were Marine Airways operated out of a affectionat61y nicknamed "the large seaplane base in Wilmington boot" because of their large, un- and for six years carried passen- gainly profile. gers to the Island without a single During the previous, decade. mishap or injury, the Wrigleys had watched all of In 1927, Bacon-sold his airline this aviation activity quietly from to another fledgling Outfit called the Sidelines, happy to have ad- ditional transportation options for Islanders and visitors, even though SINGING WATERS the airlines were in direct compe- tition with the Island Company's SERVING THE CHURCH, two main steamers, the S.S. Ava- REACmNG THE ISLAND Ion and the S.S. Catalina. 346 CATALINA AVE History, Page 5 209 East Whittley Ave, Avalon, CA 90704 Legal Duplex with Conditional-Use Permit, Allowing Vacation Rental of Top Unit! $1,880,000 Designed in 1928 by Hans Wallner, 209 E.Whittley's previous use was religious, for generations. Today it is two units, beautifully renovated for the best in island living. Lower unit is residential, ground floor unit with one bedroom & spa-like bath featuring sunken, jet tub. Top unit was the congregation space, now a spectacular great room with endless i possibilities. Features generous Pacific Ocean view patio; charming claw foot tub, refinished fir wood flooring, skylight & rear access to new ,801 square feet per tax records. ........................................................................................................................................ r ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 2 ~ Friday, September 7, 2012 THE CATAUNA ISLANDER