Historical Aviation Firsts

January 10, 1911 is said to be the date that Major H. A. 'Jimmie' Erickson took the first photograph taken from a plane while flying over San Diego. His collection can be seen in The Journal of San Diego History Spring-Summer 1998 edition Volume 44, Numbers 2 & 3.

This photograph from the Images of our Past: The San Diego Title Insurance and Trust Company Historical Photographs Collection can be found in The Journal of San Diego History Spring 1979 edition Volume 25, Number 2.


"Page 130. The first refueling of a plane in midair took place in the skies over San Diego in 1923. The photograph was taken by H.A. (Jimmy) Erickson "San Diego's Flying Photographer" who recorded many aviation firsts."

This brief look into the works of one of America's aviation pioneers was made possible by the Journal of San Diego History


San Diego 1911 Collection  http://www.sandiegohistory.org/photocollect/clist1.htm#46

Images of our Past Collection http://www.sandiegohistory.org/journal/79spring/pastimages2.htm 


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