Babies Named for First Transpacific Flight

Lt. Albert Hegenberger and Lt. Lester MaitlandTwo babies born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on June 29, 1927, were named Maitland. Why?

Because pilot Lt. Lester Maitland had just landed in Honolulu after piloting the very first transpacific flight from the mainland to the islands.

He and navigator Lt. Albert Hegenberger had left San Francisco, California, early on June 28. They flew 2,400 miles in about 24 hours.

(This was just five weeks after Charles Lindbergh’s famous solo transatlantic flight from New York to Paris.)

The babies’ full names were Maitland Paul Stearns and Maitland Albert Jowell (Albert for Hegenberger).

Sources:

  • “Active Day for Flyers to Islands.” Los Angeles Times 2 Jul. 1927: 1.
  • “Honolulu Baby Is Named for Pacific Aviators.” Evening News [San Jose] 12 Jul. 1927: 7.
  • Lt. Lester Maitland – Hawaii Aviation

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