Long Island Aircraft Crashes: 1909 - 1959 (Images of America Series)

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During the first fifty years of American aviation, Long Island was at the center of aircraft innovation and flight. There were more aircraft manufacturers and airports located on Long Island than in any other part of the United States. Due to the extraordinarily high volume of air traffic, Long Island also led the country-if not the world-in aircraft crashes. Long Island Aircraft Crashes: 1909-1959 portrays the daring flights, accidents, and mishaps of pioneer pilots, and the conditions that contributed to many ...
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Long Island Aircraft Crashes:: 1909-1959

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Overview


During the first fifty years of American aviation, Long Island was at the center of aircraft innovation and flight. There were more aircraft manufacturers and airports located on Long Island than in any other part of the United States. Due to the extraordinarily high volume of air traffic, Long Island also led the country-if not the world-in aircraft crashes. Long Island Aircraft Crashes: 1909-1959 portrays the daring flights, accidents, and mishaps of pioneer pilots, and the conditions that contributed to many crashes. Long Island ultimately saw the earliest air-traffic control systems, airport lighting, aviation weather reports, paved runways, and professional flight schools. Long Island Aircraft Crashes: 1909-1959 contains captivating images from Mitchel Field and Roosevelt Field, the two most active airfields on Long Island. In addition to airfield activity, this book illustrates some of the first experimental flights over Hempstead Plains; military training at Hazelhurst Field; the L.W.F. Owl bomber (the largest landplane of its time); the world's first instrument-guided flight; and Amelia Earhart posing with the new Sperry Gyropilot.

Images from Mitchel Field and Roosevelt Field, Long Island, New York from the archives of the Cradle of Aviation Museum, Garden City, NY.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738535166
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,038,325
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author


Joshua Stoff, author of sixteen books on aviation and space history, is the curator of the Cradle of Aviation Museum on Long Island and is a noted aviation historian. This is his first book on aviation disasters. Long Island Aircraft Crashes: 1909-1959 includes nearly two hundred rare, never-before-published photographs from the extensive archives of the Cradle of Aviation Museum.
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