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Your copy of the "Davis-Monthan Airfield Register" with all the pilots' signatures and helpful cross-references to pilots and their aircraft is available at the link. Or use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author. ISBN 978-0-9843074-0-1.

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An excellent Web resource for abandoned and little-known airports around the country is at the link. It sometimes takes a while to download images from this site. Have patience, as it is worth the wait.

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Dade, George C. and Frank Strnad. 1989. Picture History of Aviation on Long Island, 1908-1938. Dover Publications, New York.

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U.S. Department of Commerce. Bureau of Air Commerce. 1937. Descriptions of Airports and Landing Fields in the United States. U.S. Government Printing Office. 222 pp. This book is shared with us by Tim Kalina.

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An excellent resource, and the source of many of the photos you see in the links from this page, is a book titled, "Airports and Established Landing Fields in the United States, 1933". I picked up my copy at a library sale a couple of years ago. It wasn't cheap, but the information is great for this page.

In the New York State section of the book it states: "The Laws of the State of New York require that aircraft operating within the state shall conform with respect to design, construction and airworthiness, to the standards prescribed by the U.S. Government; with respect to navigation of aircraft subject to its jurisdiction, it shall be unlawful for any person to havigate an aircraft within this State unless it is licensed and registered by the Department of Commerce of the United States, necessarily therefore all Pilots must hold a Department of Commerce Pilot's license."

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This link (PDF download, 594KB) gets you a surprisingly detailed report from October, 1975 summarizing the historical significance of the JAMAICA BAY, BREEZY POINT, AND STATEN ISLAND UNITS, of the GATEWAY NATIONAL RECREATION AREA, NEW YORK NY. Included in the report are details of Floyd Bennett and Miller Fields. This report appears to be a consultant's work of due diligence generally performed by the government in the case of national parks, monuments, recreation areas, etc. Unfortunately, the original figures for the report are not included in the download, although a list of those figures is included.

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This interesting link is a full-text online book about news photography published in 1938. On page 167 begins chapter XI, which is entitled, "THE AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHER GETS THE PICTURE!". While this is an interesting browse, besides this, if you search the book for "Roosevelt Field", "Miller Field", "North Beach", and "Farmingdale" you'll find contextual references to them regarding their use for news gathering during the Golden Age of Aviation.

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NEW YORK AREA AIRFIELDS

WORKING ON THIS, PLEASE HAVE PATIENCE

NEW YORK METROPOLITAN AREA:

A MAJOR FOCUS FOR EAST COAST AVIATION

In the database that drives this Web site, there are over 100 visits to the Davis-Monthan Airfield that list the greater New York area as home base, origin or destination. When you choose one of those from the dropdown menus, you will be linked to this page. This page lists all the small airports cited by Register pilots in the New York area during the Golden Age. If you have information or photographs that might help, please use this FORM to communicate with me. A great link for old New York airfields is here.

Below are the New York area airports that were cited by pilots during the period of the Davis-Monthan Airfield register (1925-1936). Click the red links to learn more.

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Buffalo, NY -- Located in the far west border of the state. This link provides information and images about the Consolidated Airport near Buffalo, in Tonawonda, NY. It is highly probable, because fo the aircraft they were flying, and from the context of the Register, that this is the airfield cited by Buffalo pilots.

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Curtiss Field, Garden City (later Valley Stream), LI, NY -- This link provides information and images about Curtiss Field. An image of Curtiss Field is here on dmairfield.org.

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Elmira, NY -- Located on the central southern tier of the state. I don't have a lot on this airfield. Neither the sources in the left sidebar yield anything, nor does Google.

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Farmingdale, LI, NY -- Known as "American Airport" at one time in its life. Home to Fairchild and Grumman aircraft companies.

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Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, NY -- This link provides information and images about Floyd Bennett Field, including excellent period photos. See Floyd Bennett, Register pilot for whom the airfield was named.

An exhaustive history of Floyd Bennett Field can be found on pp. 12-51 of the PDF download ("JAMAICA BAY, etc.") report cited in the left sidebar. Most interesting, on page 50 we find the following quote:

"g. Airport Register
A special effort should be made to locate the Airport Register. It may be in the municipal records, in private hands, or still in the files of the Department of docks. Wherever it is, it is an important aviation document that ought to be publicly owned and preserved. By day, month, and year it would provide the best possible source of information on whoever used the field. As a museum piece of aviation autographs, it would have few (if any) peers."

'Nuf said. Does anyone KNOW where the Floyd Bennett Field Register is? The Davis-Monthan Airfield Register, which you can access in its entirety through THE REGISTER button at upper right, is also "a museum piece of aviation autographs" with few peers.

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Lockport, NY -- Also known as Lee Van De Mark Airport.

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Mitchel Field, Garden City, LI, NY -- The airfield received its name on July 16, 1918, in honor of John Purroy Mitchel, the youngest mayor of New York City, killed in a military training accident in 1916. This link provides information and images about Mitchel Field. And this one provides a short summary and a colorized image from 1931.

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North Beach, NY -- North Beach occupied the northwest corner (about 1/8) of what is now La Guardia Airport.

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Poughkeepsie, NY -- Located on the Hudson River, about 40 miles north of Manhattan. This airport was used by Register pilot John M. Miller.

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Roosevelt Field, Mineola, LI, NY -- This link provides information and images about Roosevelt Field through its life.

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Rochester, NY -- Rochester Airport at the time of our Registers was a major north-central New York air transport destination.

Staten Island/Miller Field, NY -- This link provides information and images about Staten Island airports, including excellent photos of Miller Field.

An exhaustive history of Miller Field can be found on pp. 91-115 of the PDF download ("JAMAICA BAY, etc.") report cited in the left sidebar.

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Syracuse, NY -- This link provides information and images about Syracuse airports. It is not clear from the Register entries which field is the destination cited by Register pilots.

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Westport, NY

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THIS PAGE UPLOADED: 04/01/07 REVISED: 12/12/13

 
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THE GREATER NEW YORK AREA DURING THE GOLDEN AGE OF AVIATION WAS MORE THAN JUST ONE AIRPORT

Sixty-five Register pilots identified their home base as New York. Seventeen cited NY as their place of origin, and 27 identified it as their final destination.

I'm looking for information and photographs of these airfields to include on this page. If you have some you'd like to share, please use this FORM to contact me.

Thanks to Dan Cahill for reviewing New York Area Airfields.

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http://www.cafepress.com/content/global/img/spacer.gifThe Congress of Ghosts is an anniversary celebration for 2010.  It is an historical biography, that celebrates the 5th year online of www.dmairfield.org and the 10th year of effort on a project dedicated to analyze and exhibit the history embodied in the Register of the Davis-Monthan Airfield, Tucson, AZ. This book includes over thirty people, aircraft and events that swirled through Tucson between 1925 and 1936. It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders. Order your copy at the link, or use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author.  ISBN 978-0-9843074-4-9.

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"Military Aircraft of the Davis Monthan Register, 1925-1936" is available at the link. This book describes and illustrates with black & white photographs the majority of military aircraft that landed at the Davis-Monthan Airfield between 1925 and 1936. The book includes biographies of some of the pilots who flew the aircraft to Tucson as well as extensive listings of all the pilots and airplanes. Use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author. ISBN 978-0-9843074-2-5.

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