Floyd Bennett Field October 06 2013, 1 Comment

While participating in a motorcycle rally near KJFK to help raise money for wounded soldiers, I stopped by Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, New York - around 10 miles west of the airport.

Floyd Bennett Field was the original New York airport and was built between 1928 and 1931.  In 1939 LaGuardia Airport opened and Floyd Bennett Field became a Naval Air Station. Today the New York City Police department uses a portion of the field for helicopter training.

The control tower at Floyd Bennett Field 

Today, inside a nondescipt hangar on the edge of the airport, a group of experienced volunteers and professionals restore and display a number of fascinating aircraft. It's a hodgepodge of a dozen or more planes, helicopters, engines, equipment, (disarmed) bombs and other interesting items and all they ask for is a USD2 donation.

Boeing KC97 Stratofreighter

 

Interestingly, there is an illustration of the Boeing KC97 Stratofreighter in The Observer's Book of Aircraft:

Pages of the Boeing KC97 Stratofreighter

 

Lockheed "Neptune"

 

Aircraft with wing sawn off 

 

Being buzzed by an NYPD helicopter before the motorcycle rally

 

 New York Police Department Agusta Spa A119 

 

When leaving Brooklyn, I had to stop and photograph is this sign:

 

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