Cradle of Aviation Museum – a MUST SEE on Long Island, NY
The Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City on Long Island is something to be sure to see on a visit to New York. It’s amazing when you look at some of the displays, especially right after flying across the country in a jetliner!
While it’s true that the Wright brothers made their famous first powered flight at Kitty Hawk in North Carolina in 1903, man had been flying well before that, often over Long Island!
Consider the following, all on or over Long Island:
The first recorded manned flight over Long Island was in 1873, when W. H. Donaldson piloted a balloon from Brooklyn to Queens Village.
In 1874, two more balloon flights were made over Long Island, one from New York City to Lynbrook and another from Lynbrook to Hempstead.
Glenn Curtiss flew a plan twenty-five miles after lifting off from Mineola and won the Scientific American Prize.
The International Aerial Tournament was held at Belmont Park in 1910.
Cal Rodgers flew from Sheepshead Bay to California in the Vin Fiz in 1911, the very first transcontinental airplane flight.
The first pilotless aircraft, the Sperry Aerial Torpedo or Flying Bomb was tested using a spur of the Long Island Railroad to launch it in 1917.
In July of 1919, a British R34 airship became the first aircraft to make the transatlantic crossing from east to west, landing at Roosevelt Field in Mineola. It also became the first aircraft to cross the Atlantic in both directions, upon its successful return to England.
The first non-stop transcontinental airplane flight was made in 1923 by John A. Macready and Oakley G. Kelly, from Mitchel Field on the Hempstead Plains of Long Island, NY to San Diego, CA.
Mitchel Field continued to mark its place in aviation history in 1924, when the first round-the-world flight arrived on its way to successful completion.
Who could forget Charles Lindbergh, who flew the Spirit of St. Louis on the first non-stop solo transatlantic flight from Roosevelt Field on Long Island to Paris, France, on May 20–21, 1927? Later that same year, history was made from Roosevelt field once more when Clarence D. Chamberlin flew the first transatlantic passenger flight to Eisleben, Germany.
Two years later, in 1929, the first “blind” instrument flight was made by Jimmy Doolittle at Mitchel Field, running with instruments developed by Long Island’s own Sperry and Kollsman companies.
Long Island has definitely earned the moniker of the Cradle of Aviation, and the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City on Long Island, NY is a must see for anyone interested in aviation history.
Visit the Cradle of Aviation Museum and see examples and displays recording the history of flight from the early days right up into the modern aerospace industry.
The best way to get there from your airport or hotel, of course, is via a Long Island limo service. Let the experts in Long Island ground transportation introduce you to the history of air transportation in style.