New NC-4 Model On Display In Bayport
The model has a wingspan that exceeds two feet, and has quickly become the centerpiece of the collection, according to visitors.
The Navy-Curtis aircraft, which took off from Jamaica Bay, off the shore of what is now Riis Park, on May 8, 1918.
The plane, and its sister aircraft, were stationed at the Rockaway Naval Air Station, the precursor of Floyd Bennett Field. During World War I, anti-submarine patrols flew regularly from the Rockaway facility. The plane finally landed in Portugal on May 30 and then to Plymouth, England the next day.
While Charles Lindbergh’s flight was solo and non-stop, the flight of the NC-4 has gone down in history as being the first transatlantic flight.
Then Naval Secretary Franklin D. Roosevelt, made his first flight ever during a short hop on the NC-3 on April 14, 1918. Roosevelt spoke often in later years of his flight in the open cockpit plane.
That was probably the first flight by a president or by a man who went on to become president.