2011-08-26 / Community

Historic Plane Lecture Draws Locals To Floyd Bennett Field



A group of locals visited Hangar B at Floyd Bennett Field, part of Gateway National Recreation Area, on Saturday for a lecture about the old and historic aircraft being reconstructed by the field’s Historic Aircraft Reconstruction Project (HARP). After the 40- minute lecture, delivered by seasonal ranger Bernie Feuer, participants got a chance to wander around the hangar and view the aircraft for themselves. A group of locals visited Hangar B at Floyd Bennett Field, part of Gateway National Recreation Area, on Saturday for a lecture about the old and historic aircraft being reconstructed by the field’s Historic Aircraft Reconstruction Project (HARP). After the 40- minute lecture, delivered by seasonal ranger Bernie Feuer, participants got a chance to wander around the hangar and view the aircraft for themselves.

A Navy A-4D Skyhawk, which was called the “Scooter” when it flew from carriers because of its small size. A Navy A-4D Skyhawk, which was called the “Scooter” when it flew from carriers because of its small size.

A Navy S2F Tracker was the premier carrier-based sub catcher of its time and also carried mail and supplies to and from the carriers. A Navy S2F Tracker was the premier carrier-based sub catcher of its time and also carried mail and supplies to and from the carriers.

A Navy P2V Neptune, which was a land-base sub chaser. A Navy P2V Neptune, which was a land-base sub chaser.

At one time the NYPD used this seaplane for search and rescue missions in Rockaway. At one time the NYPD used this seaplane for search and rescue missions in Rockaway.

An Air Force C-47, which flew for the Navy under the designation R4D and for the civilian airlines as a DC-3. An Air Force C-47, which flew for the Navy under the designation R4D and for the civilian airlines as a DC-3.

Two of the aircraft in the hangar are a Coast Guard seaplane and a helicopter. Two of the aircraft in the hangar are a Coast Guard seaplane and a helicopter.

Hangar B hosts lots of artifacts from the days when the field was designated as U.S. Naval Air Station, New York (NASNY). Hangar B hosts lots of artifacts from the days when the field was designated as U.S. Naval Air Station, New York (NASNY).

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