Proudly Serving the Area—Naval Amphibious Base and Naval Air Station
Here at Jack Powell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, we are proud to serve our customers from the numerous military bases in the San Diego, CA area. For years, we have helped our customers find the perfect vehicle—from the RAM 2500 to the Dodge Challenger. One thing we love discussing with our military customers is the history of the remarkable military bases in the area, and we wanted to share with our readers a few things we learned about the Naval Amphibious Base and Naval Air Station.
The Naval Amphibious Base and the Naval Air Station base both call the island of Coronado, CA home. The land was first bought in 1886, but the north part of the island was never developed. At the turn of the century, the US Government bought the north side of the island and set up a camp for the US Navy in 1911. The island was officially established as a Naval Air Station in 1917. The North Island, as it was soon called, became a large training center for Navy pilots. The first naval aviator, Lieutenant Theodore G. “Spuds” Ellyson, trained on the island, and the base was later granted the name of “The Birthplace of Naval Aviation” in 1963.
Many aviation milestones originated from North Island, including the pusher aircraft in 1914, the first seaplane flight in 1911, and the first non-stop transcontinental flight in 1923. Once the United States entered WWII, the Secretary of the Navy authorized the establishment of the Amphibious Training Base to meet wartime’s demands for trained landing craft crews. These crews were deployed to the South Pacific area, where their successful and historical efforts were contributory to the conclusion of the war. Today, the Naval Amphibious Base and the Naval Air Station continues to train brave men and women serving in the Navy and provides base operating and support functions throughout the Southwest region.