On Long Island, aircraft manufacturing boomed and pioneering pilots made countless flights to and from the area’s many airfields, mostly located on the Hempstead Plains in Nassau County. In fact, Charles Lindbergh’s famed first solo transatlantic flight departed from Roosevelt Field in May 1927. So important was Long Island to this period of flying history, it quickly became known as the “Cradle of Aviation.”
The Nassau County Historical Society will host “The Golden Age of Aviation on Long Island,” a program with Tom Barry, Assistant Director of Education at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, at the first in-person meeting in two years, set for Sunday, April 3rd at the Cradle of Aviation Museum on Charles Lindbergh Blvd, in Garden City, Long Island.
Barry will speak about the many aviation firsts that occurred in Long Island during the 1920s and beyond. The program will begin at 5:30 pm.
Attendees are welcome to arrive beginning at 4:15 pm to visit the Museum’s exhibits. Refreshments will be served before the 5:30 program, although no food is permitted in the auditorium or exhibit areas.
The Cradle of Aviation Museum is on Charles Lindbergh Boulevard at Mitchel Field in East Garden City/Uniondale. From Exit M4 on the Meadowbrook Parkway, follow the signs to Lindbergh Boulevard and Museum Row. Look for the life-size figure in a spacesuit.
For more information about the Nassau County Historical Society click here.
Photo: Aerial view, Roosevelt Field courtesy The Cradle of Aviation Museum.