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A Douglas A-4B Skyhawk Attack Jet inside of Hangar B. Source: Gateway National Park

A Douglas A-4B Skyhawk Attack Jet inside of Hangar B. Source: Gateway National Park

Children on spring break are invited to attend “Flights of Discovery,” this Wednesday, April 16 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Floyd Bennett Field’s Ryan Visitor Center, where they can learn about airports and planes of the past.

Kids can design their own pilot wings and receive a passport to adventure. Then, visit Hanger B where Floyd Bennett’s Historic Aircraft Restoration Project (HARP) volunteers are restoring vintage planes.

Anyone can come and reservations are not required.

To learn more, call (718) 354-4606 or check out Gateway National Park on the web.

A Ranger educates the public at the Ryan Visitor Center. Photo by Ned Berke

A Ranger educates the public at the Ryan Visitor Center. Photo by Ned Berke

Two exciting, historical presentations will be taking place this Sunday, December 15 at Floyd Bennett Field’s Ryan Visitor Center.

  • Famous First Flights: Jamaica Bay has had its fair share of famous first flights taking off and landing from its shores. Join a park ranger from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for a slideshow about these flights, and many others.
  • Civil War or Civil Rights – A Century of Change: Explore the major events of the civil rights continuum during the pivotal years from 1863 to 1963, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Anyone can come to both events — reservations are not required. To get there by public transportation, take the Q35 bus [PDF].

For more information, call (718) 354-4606.

Photo by Ned Berke

Photo by Ned Berke

Sorry for the short notice, but if you’re looking for a fun and educational activity for your four- or five-year-old this afternoon, head on over to the Golden Age Discovery Room in the recently restored Ryan Visitor Center at Floyd Bennett Field from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Home to New York City’s first municipal airport, children can learn all about airplanes during a fun story teaching session. The event is free — anyone can come — and reservations are not required. To get there by public transportation, take the Q35 bus [PDF].

For more information, call (718) 354-4606.

A Ford Trimotor airplane at Floyd Bennett Field. Source: Wikipedia

Head on over to Floyd Bennett Field’s Ryan Visitor Center this weekend where you can hear a park ranger discuss “Naval Aviation Between the Wars, 1919 – 1941,” April 14 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

There, you will see a presentation and hear a discussion of the development of the U.S. Navy’s aviation capabilities between World Wars I and II, and the role that Jamaica Bay played in it.

The event is open to the public. There is no charge and no reservations are required.

For further information, call (718) 619-1438.

The historic Ryan Visitor Center control tower at Floyd Bennett Field. Source: NPS.gov

Tons of educational, nostalgic and live music fun is to be had on May 5 and 6 this weekend as the historic William Fitts Ryan Visitor Center reopens this weekend after having been restored to its former glory. You may recall we posted about this awesome place a few months ago after Nick Carr of ScoutingNY put together a terrific photo essay.

According to the National Park Service’s website:

…step back in time to the Golden Age of Aviation as the William Fitts Ryan Visitor Center reopens. Over the past three years the Ryan Center has been restored to its 1930s appearance, when it served as the air terminal for Floyd Bennett Field, New York City’s first municipal airport.

The festivities kick off at noon on May 5 with live music, followed by a 12:30 p.m. ribbon-cutting. There will be contests, swing dancing, and children’s activities on both days, and the Rockaway Arts Alliance — an arts organization that works with its community to mentor local youth in artistic endeavors — will conduct children’s activities on both days in the new visitor center.

As part of the weekend-long celebrations, a full scale replica of the “Winnie Mae,” Wiley Post’s Lockheed Vega aircraft, will be christened. NPS tells us that “The original flew Post around the world twice in the early 1930s, including the first worldwide air trip flown solo by any pilot. This aircraft was built at Floyd Bennett Field’s Hangar B by volunteers from Gateway’s Historic Aircraft Restoration Project (HARP), based on a scale model.”

Visitors to the newly-restored center will be able to partake in a number of exciting activities, including being able to view newsreels from the airfield’s original heyday on a touch screen monitor. Kids can flex their aviation wings by being able to “fly” a mini-airplane, as well as test their paper airplane design skills.

Over the course of the three year renovation:

[T]he Ryan Center was painstakingly restored to its original look during the Golden Age of Aviation in the 1930s, when Floyd Bennett Field served as New York City’s municipal airport. Paintings and panels depicting modes of transportation from the steam engine to the dirigible have been restored to their 1939 appearance. Electrical, fire suppression, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems have been upgraded. A new elevator has been added for increased accessibility.