Naval Air Station Rockaway in 1919 Glenn T. Van Dusen lives in Houston, Texas, but his heart seems to be in Rockaway. He emailed The Wave to say that his grandfather was stationed at Naval Air Station, Rockaway (NAS Rockaway) in 1919, only a few months after the famed NC-4 took off on its historic flight across the Atlantic Ocean. This picture was taken from an aircraft skimming the ground. Notice the barn-like hangers in the upper portion of the picture.
An early flying boat. These aircraft were used to patrol the entrance to New York Harbor during World War I.
A SPAD fighter, most often used by the U.S. Army, flies over Rockaway.
Two flying boats get ready to take off.
A small transport plane nearby one of the hangers. The air station was located in what is now Roxbury in Breezy Point.
A rear Navy gunner readies his machine gun for action at the rear of the flying boat. The gun was used in aerial duels with other planes and for strafing enemy shipping, most notably German U-Boats.