Today is the 85th anniversary of the day in 1925 when the first intended flight from California to Hawaii stopped being a flight and became a sea voyage. CDR John Rodgers and a crew of four left San Pedro on 31 August but developed fuel problems and landed their PN-9 seaplane on the water. While Navy ships searched for the plane, Rodgers and his crew rigged a sail from the aircraft’s wing fabric and sailed for nine days to within fifteen miles of Kauai before being met by the submarine R-4, which towed the airplane into port. CDR Rodgers was killed the next year in a plane crash.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010 1:21 PM