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Cradle of Aviation MuseumThe Cradle of Aviation Museum and Education Center is home to over 75 historic planes and spacecraft representing over 100 years of aviation history and Long Island’s only Giant Screen Dome Theater. Currently, the museum is celebrating “Countdown to Apollo at 50” showcasing Long Island and Grumman’s significant role in the Apollo program. The Museum was recently recognized and listed on New York State’s National Register of Historic Places as a significant part of American history.

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 exhilarating era when manned flight ‘came of age’. Between 1919...

Andrew Parton

Andrew was named President in June, 2018 previously serving as Executive Director since July of 2007. He joined the museum in 2005 as Director of Marketing. In his tenure...

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, automobiles and ballooning, she later became an actress, taking the...

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 act in silent films. Thus, began Lee’s career as a...

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 Susan Coleman, who were of Native American and African-American descent,...

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 United States to test Navy fighter aircraft.

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 the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, or the Lady Hay...

Pan Am Museum Foundation’s 30th Anniversary Flight 103 Memorial Gathering

Pan Am Museum Foundation is welcoming all to attend this event. In remembrance of the two hundred seventy people killed in the terrorist bombing of Pan American Airways Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland December 21,...

Astronaut Walt Cunningham Made $660 on Apollo 7 Mission

Over 500 museum supporters and attendees came out to celebrate and honor this year’s award recipients at the 16th Annual Air & Space Gala at the Cradle of Aviation Museum on Wednesday, November 7th,...

Our Lady of the Skies 2018 Annual Luncheon

Our Lady of the Skies annual luncheon on October 25, 2018, was held at the Cradle of Aviation in Garden City, a wonderfully appropriate venue for the event. Opening remarks by Al De Phillips credited...