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Lillian Yonally

Lillian Yonally – A Life in Color

In 2005, while recording her oral history, Lillian Yonally recalled the thrilling sensation of lifting up from a runway and into the air. “When...
Pilgrim Twin Otter in original livery

From Pilgrim Airlines to American Eagle: Flying the Northeast

Having planted its Connecticut roots in 1962 when Joseph M. Fugere founded Pilgrim Airlines for the purpose of linking Groton with JFK, it first...
Unveiling of the Pan Am Timeline Exhibit

The Legacy Endures: Unveiling of the Pan Am Timeline Exhibit

On December 5, another piece of Pan Am's history was added to the airline's permanent exhibit at the Cradle of Aviation in Garden City,...
An Era Featuring, The Boeing 747

The Pan Am Museum Foundation Exhibit at the Cradle of Aviation

After more than 64 years in business, the world’s most iconic airline, Pan American World Airways (also known around the world as Pan Am),...
New York Airways Helicopter Operations

The History of New York Airways’ Helicopter Operations

If a person about to board an airplane in Omaha were asked where he was flying to and he responded, “Omaha,” he may receive...
Interior passenger compartment of a Boeing Stratocruiser c.1951

Travel By Air, The Golden Years: 1920s-1960s

The story of commercial air travel, in a heavier-than-air, winged aircraft, began on January 1, 1914, when the world’s first scheduled passenger service took...
Republic Airport (FRG) Passenger Terminal

The Airline History of Long Island’s Republic Airport

Most Long Islanders automatically think of La Guardia, JFK International, and Long Island MacArthur airports when it comes to fulfilling their airline travel needs....
Ford Tri-Motor

The Ford Tri-Motor: A Journey Through Aviation History

Liberty Aviation Museum’s 1928 Ford Tri-Motor 5-AT-B flew its first flight on December 1, 1928. It was sold to Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT, the...
PANYNJ Celebrates 100th Anniversary

PANYNJ Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Dear Metropolitan Airport News readers,The Port Authority of NY/NJ has operational responsibility for facilities spanning a 1,500 square mile area within the New York...
Renaming a street near the Cradle of Aviation museum William Wheeler Way

Tuskegee Airman and Hempstead Resident Honored By Cradle of Aviation

The Cradle of Aviation Museum honored Hempstead Long Island resident, William M. Wheeler. This Tuskegee Airman was a 2nd Lieutenant, Combat Fighter Pilot and...