This collection contains 25 spiral-bound books by Edward L. Leiser detailing the day-to-day events in aviation history of
San Diego, California, between 1883 and 1934.
Between the early 1990s and 2003, Edward L. Leiser composed over twenty-five volumes detailing San Diego’s rich history in
aviation. He theorized that aviation began in San Diego with John Montgomery’s man-carrying glider in 1883. Leiser documented
the activities of many San Diegan pilots following John Montgomery and all their trials, accidents, and record achievements.
Also documented are the beginnings of the North Island Naval Base, the Army Aviation School, and the Aero Club of America,
as well as air shows, trouble with the Wright brothers, and aviation activity during WWI.
2.25 Linear feet
The San Diego Historical Society does NOT hold the copyright to this material and is NOT able to grant reproductions rights.
The original manuscripts are at the San Diego Air and Space Museum. Copies can only be made for research purposes.
This collection is open for research.