By Jay Lloyd
BALTIMORE, Md. (CBS) — Immediately after Pearl Harbor, the US Navy in Washington turned to nearby Baltimore to extend its Pacific reach.
Today, the Glenn L. Martin Museum at Baltimore’s Martin State Airport is a treasure trove of American aviation history.
It was here that production of the ungainly flying boat the Martin PBM Mariner (below) went full throttle after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
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I spent over a thousand hours in Mariners and made a few visits to the Martin plant. The plane could fly 3,000 miles for low, slow ocean surveillance.
Today, the museum occupies space where these versatile “eyes in the sky” were built. It provides a unique insight into the development of military aviation. Restored aircraft include an array of notable bombers, fighters, and transports.
For a getaway into history, there’s another Baltimore connection. On view and open for visitors at the Inner Harbor is the Coast Guard Cutter Taney, a Pearl Harbor survivor and the first ship to return enemy fire.