NAVAL AIR STATION, NORTH ISLAND
This page on the
Naval Base Coronado Website. offers a complete history of the Naval Air Station, North Island, from its inception to the present date.
In the fifth paragraph from the top, you will find the following brief reference to Lt. Yamada.
"The list of American military pilots trained at North Island reads like the Who's Who of aviation;
however, America was not the only country interested in aviation early in the twentieth century. Six years before the Naval Air Station
was commissioned, (November 8, 1917), Glenn Curtiss, the famed aviation pioneer and later aircraft manufacturer, trained the first group
of Japanese aviators at his flying school on the Island. Among them was a LT C. Yamada would later become infamous as the head of
Japan's Naval aviation in World War II."
This excerpt recounts just one of the many fascinating incidents which you can enjoy while on the
page. You can access the page by clicking on the title above.