Maitland & Hegenberger Flight
Army Lieutenants Lester Maitland and Albert F. Hegenberger made the first successful flight across the Pacific in a Fokker C2-3, landing at Wheeler Field, Oahu, on June 29, 1927.
- Lt. Lester Maitland and Albert Hegenberger's Fokker C2-3 was equipped with a Wright 220 engine. The flight was an unprecedented success and proved that travel between the Mainland and Hawaii was possible. The aviators received the Mackay Trophy for 1927 for their feat and the Army's Distinguished Flying Cross.
- Lts. Hegenberger and Maitland wear the feathered capes of the Hawaii Alii during a ceremony honoring them after their record-setting flight from California to Hawaii on June 29, 1927.
- Army Pilot Lt. Lester F. Maitland & Lt Albert F. Hegenberger completed the first flight to Hawaii on June 29, 1927. The 26 hour flight from Oakland to Wheeler Field, Oahu was in an Army tri-motor Fokker monoplane. They wear the feather capes of royalty on the steps of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.
- Army Lts. Maitland and Hegenberger, June 29, 1927. Arthur Benaglia, left, manager of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, with Maitland and Hegenberger and the commanding general of the Hawaiian Department, after the first successful flight from San Francisco to Honolulu.
- Heaped with lei from well wishers, Lts. Hegenberger and Maitland received a royal send off on July 7, 1929 before boarding the ship that carried them back to the Mainland.
- A week after their history making flight, Lts. Maitland and Hegenberger were again heaped with lei before they departed Hawaii on the ship Maui for the return to the mainland July 7, 1927. Maitland retired from the Air Force as a Colonel in 1945 and was appointed Director of Aeronautics for the State of Michigan in 1949, later becoming the Michigan Civil Defense Director. Hegenberger commanded the 10th Air Force in Italy during World War II and retired as a Brigadier General.
- Fokker C-2 Tri Motor Monoplane flown by Lts. Maitland and Hegenberger from Oakland, California to Wheeler Field, Hawaii, on first non-stop flight across the Pacific. 1927
- U.S. Army Fokker in first Trans-Pacific flight from Oakland to Honolulu by Lts. Lester Maitland and Albert Hegenberger. Photo taken December 3, 1928.