First in Flight
Marina Bay is the site of a long and storied tradition of American grit and daring.
In 1910, the Harvard Aeronautic Society leased the 700-acre peninsula, then called Squantum Point, to host one of the country’s very first “air shows.” The Harvard-Boston Aero Meet, featuring world-class pilots like Wilbur Wright, helped launch aviation into the national spotlight. Nearly two decades later, Amelia Earhart trained here in preparation for her historic solo trans-Atlantic flight.
Historical photos courtesy of ANA Patriot Squadron, Shea Naval Aviation Museum collection.