2006-08-17 / Other News

Floyd Bennett Field: History Of Early Flight At Our Door

Photos by Sonny Maxon

Banner announces exhibit at Ryan Visitor Center at Floyd Bennett.
Banner announces exhibit at Ryan Visitor Center at Floyd Bennett. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of flight, Floyd Ben-nett Field recently ran a traveling exhibit entitled: Heroes of the Sky: Adventures in Early Flight featuring photos and artifacts derivative of some of the pioneers of aviation.

The exhibit is a permanent display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan and is being loaned out to various museums throughout the country.

These are the stories of the men and women - and their precious inventions - who transformed airplanes from the novel inventions of tinkerers and bicycle makers into sophisticated machines of commerce and, yes, war.

Along the way, a vast aviation industry emerged, influencing every aspect of American - and international - life.

Some of the adventurers in the exhibit featured such pioneers as Howard Hughes, the Wright Brothers, Admiral Byrd, Floyd Bennett (of course) Donald Douglas and Bessie Coleman.


"The Flyers" poster features Bessie Coleman, Jacqueline Cochran and double-winged aircraft.
"The Flyers" poster features Bessie Coleman, Jacqueline Cochran and double-winged aircraft. National Park Service Ranger Pete McCarthy discusses exhibit with tourists.
National Park Service Ranger Pete McCarthy discusses exhibit with tourists. Poster depicting "Record Breakers" features One-Way Corrigan and Bessie Coleman.
Poster depicting "Record Breakers" features One-Way Corrigan and Bessie Coleman.

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