|Marine makes debut flight|
Marine Corps aviation had its inception on 22 May 1912, when Lieutenant
Alfred A. Cunningham reported to the Naval Aviation Camp, Annapolis, Maryland.
The following July, he was ordered from Annapolis to the Burgess Company plant
at Marblehead, Massachusetts, where actual flight training was conducted. He
soloed on 1 August 1912, after 2 hours and 40 minutes of instructions. Thus
Lieutenant Cunningham, whose Naval Aviator Number was 5, became Marine Aviator
Number 1. A brief history of Marine Corps aviation