Wonderful 1918 photograph of dozens of military biplanes flying together over Downtown San Diego, to celebrate the end of World War I.
The flight depicted here celebrates the end of World War I, as the armistice was signed on November 11, 1918. The flight by Rockwell Field aviators over San Diego would have been a display of patriotism and a celebration of the conclusion of the war.
Rockwell Field was an early United States Army Air Service (precursor to the United States Air Force) airfield located in San Diego, California. Established in 1912, it was one of the first military aviation facilities in the United States. In 1918, Rockwell Field was an important training center for military pilots during World War I.
There is limited information available about the photographer W. E. Averrett. It is possible that W. E. Averrett was a local photographer active in the early 20th century, possibly around San Diego, California.