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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...
Lt Col Marjorie Gray WASP

Lt. Col. Marjorie M. Gray

“The proudest moment of my life was not when I graduated from college, soloed my first airplane, obtained my commercial rating, received...