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