2004-01-02 / Columnists

Historical Views of the Rockaways

From The Rockaway MuseumDedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke
Rockaway Naval Air Station
by Emil Lucev, Curator
Historical Views

Historical Views
of the Rockaways
From The Rockaway Museum
Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke
Rockaway Naval Air Station – Riis Park, 1926


Today’s Historical View was taken inside one of the spacious airplane hangers at Rockaway Naval Air Station at what is now Riis Park in 1926.

The airbase, run by the U.S. Navy, occupied the northwest quadrant of Riis Park from 1917 to 1931.

The base is best known as the starting point for the first transatlantic flight to England, made by the famous NC-4 seaplane in 1919. Lindbergh flew his famous solo, non-stop flight eight years later.

Shown in this photo is a group of pilots and mechanics posing in front of a Vought Corsair seaplane operated by the Naval Reserve Air Unit stationed at RNAS. There is no identification for any of the people in the photo, so perhaps you can help by telling us who they were.


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