10. The two most famous aviators OF ALL TIME used to dine in Seal Beach
Many old-school OC residents have fond memories of the old Glide’er Inn on PCH, a plane-themed restaurant that, in 2000, became (and remains) a seafood place called Mahé. What few realize, though, is just who was amongst the restaurant’s clientele during the early days of aviation. Originally attached to Crawford Field, a small local airstrip, the landmark building served both Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart -- as well as Hollywood mogul-turned-notorious recluse Howard Hughes, all of whom signed the original guestbook, which you could peruse at the old Glide'er Inn. Today, the only signpost of the past is a lone model plane still mounted to the restaurant’s roof.
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Chris Epting is an award-winning journalist and the author of 26 books including the recent Rock 'n' Roll in Orange County. You can follow him on Twitter @chrisepting.
Charles Epting is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California, where he studied US History. He is the author of four books, including Orange County Pioneers.