Oct. 15, 1910. Wellman airship seen from Trent. Walter Wellmans hydrogen dirigible America just before being abandoned by its crew near Bermuda, 1,370 miles into an attempt to cross the Atlantic from New Jersey. Its engines having failed, the America drifted out of sight, never to be seen again.
August 26, 1929: Mines Field, Los Angeles, CA. Foreshadowing the day when it would become Los Angeles International Airport, it served as a stopover point for the final leg of the historic round-the-world flight of the Graf Zeppelin; she had just crossed the Pacific from Japan within the week. This was the only visit to California by any of the giant German Zeppelins. Public domain photo, courtesy of San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives, via Flickr.