2006-10-27 / Community
Floyd Bennett Field was New York City's first municipal airport and later a Naval Air Station. The field, which is now part of Gateway National Recreation Area, hosted its 75th Anniversary on Saturday with a "Fly-In" of historic civilian and military aircraft. The one-day event drew large crowds to the former airport. Pictured, some of the historic military planes lined up on the tarmac. From left, they are a Navy S2-F (submarine hunter also used by carriers for bringing mail and other small supplies to the ship); a Douglas DC-7, dubbed the R5D when it flew from Naval Air Station New York in the 50's and 60's; and a T-4 Trainer, used to teach generations of new pilots how to fly. Photos by Ryan Schwach.