2003-11-21 / Community

Aviation Museum Slated For NASNY

Aviation Museum Slated For NASNY


Many of the sailors who trained at NASNY, what is now part of the Gateway National Recreation Area, went on to serve in front-line aircraft carriers such as this one.Many of the sailors who trained at NASNY, what is now part of the Gateway National Recreation Area, went on to serve in front-line aircraft carriers such as this one.

The House has passed legislation authored by Representative Anthony Weiner securing over $2 million for Gateway National Park.  The funding, which passed as part of the Department of the Interior Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2004, will be used to restore two of Floyd Bennett Field’s deteriorating airplane hangars.

Constructed in 1931, Floyd Bennett Field was New York City’s first municipal airport.  During World War II, its eight huge hangars were used to house Navy warplanes on the way to the front. 

Into the 1960’s, Floyd Bennett Field was designated as U.S Naval Air Station, New York (NASNY). A number of fighter, attack and transport squadrons assigned to the Naval Reserve trained there on a regular basis, augmenting the fleet during the Korean War and early in the Vietnam War. Many of the personnel who were trained at NASNY then went to front-line fleet units, particularly into the carrier Navy.

Today, those hangers are one of Gateways most popular historical attractions.

But over the years, the hangars have fallen into varying stages of disuse and disrepair.  In fact, hangars 3 and 4 are now used for little more than storage.

But not for long.  In this year’s Department of the Interior Appropriations bill, Rep. Weiner secured $2,416,000 to stabilize the infrastructure of hangers 3 and 4, repair their roofs, and restore their walls and windows.  When the repairs are completed, the hanger doors will be thrown open to the millions of people who pass through Gateway every year, and will play host to public exhibits and displays about the airplanes that were sheltered therein during the Second World War.

"This is another important step in ensuring that a treasured New York City land mark will remain a vibrant resource for Brooklyn long into the 21st Century," said Rep. Weiner.   

In June, Rep. Weiner unveiled plans to transform hangars 5 - 8 into a state of the art, $15 million athletic complex for Brooklyn.  For the past six years, Rep. Weiner has made sustaining Gateway, and improving its facilities a top priority. In fact, Weiner has helped secure of $34,848,000 million dollars for Gateway since being elected to Congress in 1998.


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