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Long Island and the Rise of American Aviation and Air Power at Custer Institute

March 23, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


March 23, 7:00pm.  Long Island and the Rise of American Aviation and Air Power presented by Ed Furey of the Cradle of Aviation Museum.

Less than a decade after the Wright Brothers’ first flight, Long Island became the epicenter of American aviation. On the Hempstead Plains, the new industry arose, with the first flying schools and aircraft assembly plants, plus races at Belmont Park. Military airfields began operations, especially pilot training during the First World War. The area also became the focal point of pioneering distance flights following the First World War, including Lindbergh’s flight to Paris. With the coming of the Second World War, Grumman, Republic and many smaller companies produced thousands of combat planes and all manner of avionics equipment. Long Island continued to supply military planes to the Navy and Air Force for another half century, but the crowning moment for Long Island aerospace came in the summer of 1969, when the Grumman Moon Lander arrived on the moon.

Edward Furey has been a docent at the Cradle of Aviation Museum since 2010 and a Custer Observatory member for two decades. He studied history at Cornell University and completed a Masters’ at Creighton University while serving in the Air Force. He worked for a public relations firm with major tech clients for many years.

Suggested donation $5 Adults, $3 Children under 12.  Reservations are not required but can be made in advance at CusterObservatory.org


March 23, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Custer Institute
1115 Main Bayview Road
Southold, NY 11971 United States
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