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Military aircraft approaching Roosevelt after the government began using the airport in 1931.

Long Island’s Roosevelt Field

Long Island may not be the birthplace of aviation but it is certainly the birthplace of international air travel.
Jacqueline Cochran From Sawdust Road to the Stars at Noon

Jacqueline Cochran

Jackie Cochran climbed to 45,000 feet in a Canadair F-86 Sabre jet, leaving a contrail of ice crystals behind her path....

Holmes Airport

Holmes Airport existed for about eight years from 1929 to 1940 and was located in Jackson Heights, approximately a half mile southwest...
Flushing Airport, New York

Flushing Airport

Flushing Airport was one of New York City’s early municipal airports and was located only a mile east of present-day LaGuardia Airport. 
North Beach Airport NY Seaplane

Glenn Curtiss Airport

If the photo map of Glen Curtiss/North Beach Airport appears to be in a familiar place; you’re right. The airport is on...
Hutchinson Family,Inside Lockheed Electra ‘Amicitia’ prior to 49,545 mi. good will flight to 68 nations, Janet (L) Kathryn at radio, Mrs. Blanche Hutchinson & George Hutchinson, Roosevelt Field,L.I.

The Flying Hutchinsons

The 20-year period between World War I and World War II, commonly referred to as the ‘Golden Age of Aviation’, was an...
Ninety-Nines roller skating party, 6-16-1933 Roosevelt Field (L-R) Amelia Earhart, Novetah Holmes, Frances Marsalis, Betty H. Gillies.

The Song of the Ninety-Nines

Elise Raymonde Deroche was born in 1882 in Paris, France. Having a fondness for sports as a child and then for motorcycles,...
Lee Ya-Ching

Lee Ya-Ching

In 1926, 14-year-old Lee Ya-Ching walked onto a movie set where a director, taken by her beauty, offered her the opportunity to...
Bessie Coleman, Curtiss Field, L.I. 1922

Bessie Coleman – Pioneer Aviator

Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman was born on January 26, 1892 in Atlanta, Texas. As one of 13 children born to sharecroppers, George and...
Grumman F6F flightline Hooker, Kenyon, and Kibbee, Bethpage, NY

Hellcat Test Pilot: Barbara Kibbee Jayne

History was made in 1943 when three pilots from Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation, in Bethpage, NY, became the first women in the...