2010-12-03 / Milestones

Gateway Commemorates Pearl Harbor

On Saturday, December 4, Gateway National Recreation Area will “remember Pearl Harbor” a few days early with a new program for visitors: “December 7, 1941…In New York.”

December 7, 1941 started out as just another Sunday in New York City. By the time the sun set, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor changed life here in the city and especially at Floyd Bennett Field, which by 1941 was a Naval Air Station, crowded with sailors.

The program will include a tour of Hangar B, home to 14 historic aircraft under the care of volunteers of the Historic Aircraft Restoration Project (HARP). Planes featured in the twohour program will include several World War II-era aircraft, such as the Consolidated PBY – 5A “Catalina,” the Douglas C – 47 “Dakota,” and the Grumman JRF “Goose.”

Reservations are suggested for this free two-hour program. Floyd Bennett Field is located off Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, just north of the toll plaza to the Marine Parkway Bridge. For information and reservations call 718- 338-3338, ext. 274.

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