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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(A Martin PBM Mariner. Photo from USCG)

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.

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(Yep, that's me during my US Coast Guard days.)

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.

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