San Diego historian and journalist John Fry captioned the photo above: “The Spirit of St. Louis soars over Spanish Bight, the inlet that separated Coronado and North Island. The Hotel del Coronado and the Silver Strand are visible behind the plane. Lindbergh made a number of flights between North Island and Dutch Flats (where old Midway post office used to be located) while testing the plane. At 3:55 PM on May 10, 1927 he left Rockwell Field, the Army base on North Island enroute to Lambert Field in St. Louis, Missouri and into the pages of history. This may have been that final flight.” Air photo by Harry. A. Erickson.
Photo below comes from the City Clerk Archives, City of San Diego. It is an image of downtown San Diego by aerial photographer Harry A. Erickson of Coronado. Date unknown but judging by the fact none of the 1935 world’s fair buildings have been erected, an educated guess would be late 1920s. Clearly visiable are the San Diego High (1907), Balboa Stadium (1914) complex and Navy Hospital (opened in 1925). Photo: H.A. Erickson (1884-1962).