2009-05-15 / Community

NC-4 Remembered On A Sunny Riis Park Day


The band from the King's Point Merchant Marine Academy played the "NC-4 March," written shortly after the flight to honor its success, as well as other military tunes. All photos by Howard Schwach. The band from the King's Point Merchant Marine Academy played the "NC-4 March," written shortly after the flight to honor its success, as well as other military tunes. All photos by Howard Schwach. Local resident and activist Fran Cornell, a descendant of the first English settlers in Rockaway, spoke about one of the NC pilots she had worked for at Floyd Bennett Field during World War II. Local resident and activist Fran Cornell, a descendant of the first English settlers in Rockaway, spoke about one of the NC pilots she had worked for at Floyd Bennett Field during World War II. A model of the NC-4, the plane that made the flight from Rockaway to England. A model of the NC-4, the plane that made the flight from Rockaway to England. The Park Service has set up a permanent exhibit about the "Nancy Boats" and their 1919 flight to England. The exhibit can be viewed in the Riis Park Bathhouse during regular visiting hours. The Park Service has set up a permanent exhibit about the "Nancy Boats" and their 1919 flight to England. The exhibit can be viewed in the Riis Park Bathhouse during regular visiting hours. Timothy Breese Miller, (right), whose great-uncle was a pilot on the NC-4, joins his family to look at a model of the historic plane. Timothy Breese Miller, (right), whose great-uncle was a pilot on the NC-4, joins his family to look at a model of the historic plane. Ranger Bernie Feuer gave a slide presentation on the long overseas flight and its perils. Ranger Bernie Feuer gave a slide presentation on the long overseas flight and its perils. National Park Service ranger Bernie Feuer greets some of the guests, who included locals as well as relatives of one of the plane's pilots. National Park Service ranger Bernie Feuer greets some of the guests, who included locals as well as relatives of one of the plane's pilots. The first transatlantic flight was remembered by more than 100 people at Riis Park last Friday afternoon, on the same piece of Rockaway real estate that once housed Naval Air Station Rockaway. Pictured, Danny Ruscillo, the president of the 100 Precinct Community Council, and others look at a plaque commemorating the flight that once stood at the foot of the Marine Parkway Bridge. The first transatlantic flight was remembered by more than 100 people at Riis Park last Friday afternoon, on the same piece of Rockaway real estate that once housed Naval Air Station Rockaway. Pictured, Danny Ruscillo, the president of the 100 Precinct Community Council, and others look at a plaque commemorating the flight that once stood at the foot of the Marine Parkway Bridge. Lieutenant John Bayer, a Reserve Naval Officer, who is stationed on the USS Iwo Jima, hosts a website about the historic flight, which can be found at www.firstacross.com. Lieutenant John Bayer, a Reserve Naval Officer, who is stationed on the USS Iwo Jima, hosts a website about the historic flight, which can be found at www.firstacross.com. A portion of the crowd that stood outside the bathhouse at Riis Park to listen to the band and a greeting from NPS officials. A portion of the crowd that stood outside the bathhouse at Riis Park to listen to the band and a greeting from NPS officials.

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