Have you ever walked on a grass airfield and watched the planes take off and land on grass?

Monday, August 14, 2017

Article and Photos by Tom Ceniglio, AUXPA1, USCG Auxiliary

I did last Sunday. You might add this visit to your bucket list especially if you live in the Northeast or are an aviation history buff. My family was invited to attend a breakfast to support the Bayport Aerodome Society in Bayport, NY. It was a warm and pleasant walk down memory lane. It made us wonder what life was like during the 1930s to 1950s when time was simpler, Americans could accomplish anything they wanted, and every day could be exhilarating and rewarding. We were taken in by the gentle smell of gasoline and the ability to have a conversation while the engines were running on the planes flying overhead. The warm faces, smiles, and approximately 45 planes were available for everyone to see. If you walked around the pristine hangar bays you could hear the stories of how the planes were made, be introduced to the military, and then told how the planes were retooled after the war years to the present day. There are several pilots or owners that are in their late 80s and early 90s. Take the time to talk with them and watch the sparkle in their eyes as they recant how they fell in love with flying these planes. Only antiques aircraft are permitted in the hangars. If you’d like to spend a few hours with these propeller driven flying machines and talk with the pilots, please call or check out their facebook or web site. and there are several opportunities throughout the year to walk down the rows of historical planes, posters, and military regalia.

More information is available at  http://www.bayportaerodromesociety.org/     



  1. LOU Conti says:

    Since I was born in 1937 I well remember the 40s and 50s. My uncle was a pilot and during WW2 he was an Army Flight Instructor with the rank of Warrant Officer. He owned an airport after the war with a grass strip and I would go up with him from the grass runway,. mostly in Piper Cubs and a Stinson. In the early 60s I took flying lessons and soloed in a Cessna 152. Now I fly Radio Controlled Air Planes.

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