Volunteers restore planes at the Cradle of Aviation Museum at Mitchell Field. Photo: Robert Axel
Charles Lindbergh and the Cradle of Aviation
Long Island was nicknamed the Cradle of
Aviation in the 1940's, when the flat, unobstructed area
called Hempstead Plains attracted some of the earliest
aviators to test and build airplanes. Roosevelt Field is best
remembered as the take-off point for Charles Lindbergh's
famous transatlantic flight. Mitchell Field, also the site of
a number of "firsts in flight," is now the home of the Cradle
of Aviation Museum, housing more than 70 planes, replicas, and
spacecraft. The collection represents the labor of love of
almost 150 volunteers who have worked to preserve Long
Island's place in aviation history.
Originally submitted by: Carolyn McCarthy, Representative (4th District).
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