2003-07-25 / Community

Travelers Encouraged To Visit Aviation Museums

Travelers Encouraged To Visit Aviation Museums


Vintage aircraft, such as these shown in action on the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) in the Mediterranean Sea in 1964, have become big business for museums. Planes such as the A-1, the A-4 and the F-4B’s in this picture can be seen in a num­ber of local museums, including Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn.Vintage aircraft, such as these shown in action on the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) in the Mediterranean Sea in 1964, have become big business for museums. Planes such as the A-1, the A-4 and the F-4B’s in this picture can be seen in a num­ber of local museums, including Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn.

A new initiative to encourage travelers to visit New York State’s aviation museums has been announced by Charles A. Gargano, Chairman of Empire State development (ESD), which administers the I LOVE NEW YORK campaign.

"New York State is home to one of the nation’s most comprehensive aircraft collections, presented in some of the world’s most innovative museums," Chairman Gargano noted. "With the Celebrate Flight Passport, we’re giving aviation buffs and all travelers an incentive to mark the one hundredth anniversary of powered flight by discovering the Empire State’s rich aviation heritage."

Throughout New York State, aeronautical museums offer year round exhibitions to honor the legacy of this state’s vital role in the aviation and national defense industries. This year, many of these museums will be hosting special events to celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ historic first flight.

Celebrate Flight Passport holders will receive a stamp in their passport booklets upon entering any of the 16 participating aviation museums. Upon entrance to the third museum, passport holders will receive a limited-edition commemorative lapel pin, either at the museum or by filling out a card.

"With the state generating over $39 billion annually in travel expenditures, Governor Pataki has worked diligently to enhance New York’s tourism industry," said Chairman Gargano. "Tourism is vital to the state’s economy, as each travel dollar spent re-circulates throughout communities, benefiting other related industries."

Tom Gwynne, Vice President of the Cradle of Aviation Museum said, "This Administration has become a national leader in tourism marketing because of innovative programs such as ‘Passport.’ This effort will bring into focus for a worldwide audience our various aviation destinations throughout the State and will significantly add to awareness, visitation and dollars spent in New York. This effort has not only created a unified marketing program but has sparked an unprecedented level of cooperation among New York State’s various aviation museums that will strengthen them individually as we grow collectively."

To obtain a New York State Aviation Alliance Celebrate Flight Passport, visitors should contact (800) CALL-NYS, or any one of the participating aviation museums.

Local participating museums include: Cradle of Aviation Museum, One Davis Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530; Floyd Bennett Field, Gateway National Recreation Area Ryan Visitor Center, Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11234; and Intrepid Sea-Air Space Museum, Intrepid Square, Pier 86, West 46 and 12th Avenue, New York, NY 10036.


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