Beautifully illustrated with such an amount of amazing photographs, this wonderful book will tell you the unknown and fantastic history of aviation on Long Island, since 1908 until 1938.
||30 x 23 x 1 cm
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||George C. Dade and Frank Strnad
||Dover Publications, Inc.
Charles Lindbergh's flight across the Atlantic in 1927 has been celebrated as one of the great events of the twentieth century and, next to the Wright brothers' first flight, is the best - known event in the history of American aviation. Most people who know of the Wrights' flight associate it with a place : Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Lindbergh's flight is usually thought of as originating simply in ’ New York ’. Some may remember that the ’ Lone Eagle ’ took off for Paris from a place called ’ Roosevelt Field ’.
( ... ) Roosevelt Field is now the site of a shopping center and a racetrack in a fairly typical suburb about twenty miles east of Manhattan In Nassau County, Long Island, New York, and has been so for over thirty years ; but, beginning almost eighty years ago, for a period of about thirty years, Roosevelt Field was the bustling site of some of the most spectacular advances in aviation anywhere in the world.
( ... ) All things considered, Long Island proved to be ideal for experiments in flying with powered machines. Large tracts of land were available. Its location, about halfway between Europe and the Pacific Coast, was a natural starting or terminal point for both transcontinental and trans - Atlantic flights. Futhermore, no place on Long Island is very far from water, providing a number of sites for the testing and flying of seaplanes. Adjoining and partly coextensive with heavily populated New York City, Long Island was also a natural source of skilled labor for the aeronautical industry. Its airfields were convenient to the many budding aviators in the metropolitan area ( among whom was one of the present authors, George Dade ). And it provided large, enthusiastic audiences for the many flying competitions held in early days, as well as for many of the most sensational recordbreaking flights.
( ... ) The concentration of so much achievement in American aviation on Long Island in those pioneering days made it truly the ’ cradle of aviation ’, as it has been called. Even to this day, research and manufacturing for the aerospace industry go on, demonstrating Long Island's continuing role in this field. Yet somehow the standard histories of aviation have missed noticing all this, even while they recount numerous events that did in fact take place on Long Island. It is no wonder that so few people are aware of Long Island's central place in aviation history. One reason for the present book is to fill this historical gap.
( ... ) You will find here photographs not only of a triumphant Charles Lindbergh and his Spirit of St. Louis but also of many other great aviators, innovative airplanes, and scenes of startling achievement, as well as a record of well - meaning failures and curiosities, and of the exciting everyday activities that made Long Island's airfields the focus of so much eager attention in those wonderful years. ( ... )
George C. Dade ( 1913 - May 27th, 1998 ), as a boy on Long Island ( New York, United States ), was so enthralled watching the pioneering giants of aviation take off from his front yard that he devoted much of his life to preserving memories of those early pilots and restoring some of their planes. It is tempting to wonder what sort of obsession George C. Dade might have developed if his father, an Iowa - born Minnesota homesteader, hadn't read about job openings at Glenn Curtiss's airplane factory on Long Island in 1921.
At the age of 9, George C. Dade found himself living in a converted Army hospital in the middle of Curtiss Field, a magnet for the storied aviators of the 1920's that had been carved out of the old Hazlehurst Army Base along with the adjacent Roosevelt Field. George C. Dade lived there, working part - time for the Curtiss Flying Service - and meeting world - famous pilots ( Richard E. Byrd, Amelia Earhart and Charles A. Lindbergh ) - while he attended high school. His biggest regret was that he had not been present at Roosevelt Field when Charles A. Lindbergh ( 1902 - 1974 ) took off on his historic solo flight to Paris on May 20th, 1927. Because it had been raining, George C. Dade stayed in bed rather than pay his usual morning visit to the field before school.
After Lindbergh made a triumphant return to Curtiss Field the following year, George C. Dade, wearing the white coveralls he had stained with oil to make him look like a mechanic rather than a lowly ticket seller, had his picture taken adjusting the great man's parachute. He first soloed in 1929, when he was 16 years old.
He had earned his pilot's license at 17 years old, or crashed a plane in a Connecticut farm field at 18 years old, a transforming experience that led him first to establish a business ( with his brother ) retrieving wrecked planes and then to make enough money shipping warplanes to Europe during the Second Wold War to finance his later efforts to create an aviation museum.
In 1945, he was named by the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce as one of the ’ Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Year ’. After that, George C. Dade, who had graduated from New York University, didn't have to make a living, but he did have his old obsession to deal with.
When he learned in 1973 that Charles A. Lindbergh's very first plane, a First World War Curtiss ’ Jenny ’ that had been crashed by a later owner, was rotting in an Iowa hog barn, George C. Dade bought the remains and recruited retired aviation mechanics to restore it in his Glen Head garage ( New York, United States ). The plane, which Lindbergh himself later confirmed was his own, is the centerpiece of a collection of about 60 planes, rockets and missiles George C. Dade helped assemble for the Cradle of Aviation Museum.
George C. Dade served three terms as president of the Long Island Early Fliers Club and was the first chairman of the Cradle of Aviation Committee of the Friends for Long Island's Heritage, a National Governor of the OX - 5 Aviation Pioneers and an Associate Member of the Early Birds of Aviation. In 1979, he coauthored, with George Vecsey, Getting off the Ground, a book about the pioneers of aviation.
George C. Dade passed away at a hospital near his home in Glen Head. He was 85 years old.
( sources : The New York Times, PICTURE HISTORY OF AVIATION ON LONG ISLAND, 1908 - 1938 )
Frank Strnad has been intimately associated with aviation and was one of its most respected historians. His writings on the subject have been published internationally, and he was a consultant to authors, artists and museums. His penchant for detail helped assure the accurate restoration of Lindbergh's ’ Jenny ’ ( which he originally located ) as well as the accuracy of the caption in Picture History of Aviation on Long Island, 1908 - 1938 ( 1989 ). Frank Strnad was also a pilot, an aviation photographer and an ardent collector of aviation memorabilia, specializing in Long Island.
( source : PICTURE HISTORY OF AVIATION ON LONG ISLAND, 1908 - 1938 )