Trans-Sierran Pioneer Flight (March 22, 1919)
Original Date Visited: 5/27/07
Notes: The mini-metro that lines this segment of William Street conceals this one surprisingly well! The marker is easiest to spot if you're heading eastbound on the busy four-lane street. Find it in the plaza on the eastbound side of William just past Saliman Road. Er, maybe you will need that second set of eyes.
The first authenticated air flight over the Sierra Nevada was successfully completed when four U.S. Army planes touched down here on an improvised field.
Originating at Mather Field in Sacramento and led by Lt. Col. Henry L. Watson, the squadron was made up of three liberty powered Dehavilands and one 90 HP Curtiss Trainer.
The fliers, personally welcomed by Governor Emmet D. Boyle, were Watson, Lts. Ruggles, Curtis, Krull, Schwartz, Haggett, and Sgt. Conway. It was Haggett who introduced an added surprise by landing his small trainer, unannounced, some minutes after the main flight.
The flight concluded in Reno that afternoon.
Governor Boyle flew as a passenger in one of the planes on its return flight to Sacramento, thus making him the first civilian ever to cross the Sierras in flight.
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