His 1912 flight from Newport to Catalina beat the existing record--which was a flight over the English Channel. The flight covered 68 miles and took 37 minutes. Martin received a $100 prize for his achievement upon his return.
Martin established a factory in Los Angeles so he could continue to build planes. To help finance this endeavor, he would often engage in stunt shows. When a casting call went out for a pilot in an upcoming movie, Martin saw an opportunity to gain some notoriety. The film--A Girl of Yesterday (1915)--starred Mary Pickford.
In 1916 Martin merged his company with the
original Wright Company, forming the Wright-Martin Aircraft Company. He
soon left and founded a second Glenn L. Martin Company in 1917. Martin's company helped with military production during both World Wars. Particularly, they were involved with the MB-1 and MB-2 bombers.