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.
An A-4 Skyhawk, called the "Scooter" by generations of Naval pilots, sits on the runway. The plane was a single-seat attack plane used extensively in Vietnam. An A-4 Skyhawk, called the "Scooter" by generations of Naval pilots, sits on the runway. The plane was a single-seat attack plane used extensively in Vietnam. The fly-in included many private planes that are still in use today. The fly-in included many private planes that are still in use today. There were a number of helicopters on view, one belonging to the FBI's Special Operations Division, another to the NYPD and a third to the USCG. This Black Hawk copter belongs to the Air National Guard. There were a number of helicopters on view, one belonging to the FBI's Special Operations Division, another to the NYPD and a third to the USCG. This Black Hawk copter belongs to the Air National Guard. Vintage automobiles were lined up as part of the historic presentation. Vintage automobiles were lined up as part of the historic presentation. Model aircraft that can actually fly were exhibited in the visitor's center. Model aircraft that can actually fly were exhibited in the visitor's center. Visitors viewed one of the many exhibits about the history of Floyd Bennett Field in the Ryan Visitor Center, located in the former control tower of the airport. Visitors viewed one of the many exhibits about the history of Floyd Bennett Field in the Ryan Visitor Center, located in the former control tower of the airport. An old city bus and fire engine were hits with the kids. An old city bus and fire engine were hits with the kids. Two Rockaway residents enjoy sitting in the NYPD's search and rescue copter. Two Rockaway residents enjoy sitting in the NYPD's search and rescue copter. A period photograph of aviator Floyd Bennett, for whom the historic airport was named. Bennett was the pilot on both of Admiral Richard Byrd's flights over the North Pole. A period photograph of aviator Floyd Bennett, for whom the historic airport was named. Bennett was the pilot on both of Admiral Richard Byrd's flights over the North Pole. The cockpit of the DC-7. Visitors were allowed on board to see the historical exhibits on the plane, which took part in the 1948 Berlin Airlift. The cockpit of the DC-7. Visitors were allowed on board to see the historical exhibits on the plane, which took part in the 1948 Berlin Airlift.

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