John Rodgers Flight
Navy Commander John Rodgers and his crew made the first trans-Pacific flight from San Francisco, California to Hawaii leaving on August 31, 1925. The PN-9 aircraft landed in the ocean 365 miles from Oahu, and the valiant crew sailed the craft to Nawiliwili Harbor on Kauai, arriving on September 10, 1925.
- After flying 1,870 nautical miles, a world's seaplane distance record, the plane ran out of fuel and landed in the ocean 365 miles from Honolulu on September 1, 1925.
- The PN-9 carried navigational equipment and a bubble sextant designed by Rodgers.
- The PN-9 No. 1 taxis in San Pablo Bay near San Francisco on August 31, 1925 attempting to get airborne. John Rodgers was the crew commander and navigator. The plane was too heavy to make it on the first takeoff try.
- Commander John Rodgers, left, and B. J. Connell, right, are shown leaving Nawiliwili Harbor on Kauai on September 11, 1925 for Pearl Harbor.
- Rodgers scuttled many items including parachutes and equipment. A thermos of poi given to him by friends from Hawaii remained on board. The plane carried 1,278 gallons of fuel in tanks and 50 additional gallons in five gallon tins.
- Pilot B. J. Connell reads an article about the plane and crew presumably being lost at sea in the Honolulu Advertiser on the 50th anniversary of the flight.