2010-06-18 / Community

Bayswater Jewish Center Visits Floyd Bennett’s H.A.R.P.

Members of the Bayswater Jewish Center Members of the Bayswater Jewish Center Recently, the Men’s Club of Bayswater Jewish Center and their guests visited the Historic Aircraft Restoration Project (H.A.R.P.) at Floyd Bennett Field.

The trip was meaningful for many members considering they served during World War II and the Korean War.

Donte, the tour guide, one of a group of 13 volunteers, gave the members a tour of the dozen historical aircraft that included helicopters, jets, ambulances and planes, while revealing their historical significance.

The members learned that early American aviators such as Wiley Post and Amelia Earhart, considered Floyd Bennett Field New York City’s first municipal airport.

The restoration of a “Willie Mae” Lockheed Vega, like the one made famous by Wiley Post in the year 1933, is one of the construction projects in Hangar B, where the exhibit is stored.

Bill and Doris Oshinsky in front of a restored U.S. Army ambulance. Bill and Doris Oshinsky in front of a restored U.S. Army ambulance. Visiting H.A.R.P. opened the members’ eyes with information they did not know before. They said it is a worthwhile experience that everyone would enjoy.
Members next to the Coast Guard plane Members next to the Coast Guard plane

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