If your a resident of Long Island or a tourist coming to enjoy our beaches and what an island has to offer, be sure not to miss Museum Row in Garden City N.Y. If your one who loves military history like myself and don’t think much about Long Island being rich with military history, then think again. From the first Grumman plant which rolled out the F4F-3 Wildcat Navy Fighter, to the creation of the Coaxial Helicopter designed by the Gyrodyne Company of America, Long Island is rich with military history and you can learn about it all at the Cradle of Aviation Museum.
The Cradle of Aviation Museum brings to life Long Islands’ military history, a history that all too often gets overshadowed by the beaches and nearby New York City. Though with the help of this museum and the awesome volunteers (veterans themselves) that walk around the displays ready to answer any questions for visitors, this museum will live on for generations to come. You will have opportunities to hear recordings of past times, learn about the people behind the development of some monumental aircraft, and view up-close not only a great collection of aircraft, but also the artifacts that tell the stories of what life was like back then serving in the military.
Whether your a Long Islander or a tourist, this is such a great museum to check out. Going there for the first time, I was really blown away, because although I have heard some stories about Long Islands’ military history, it wasn’t until I went to the Cradle of Aviation that I learned a lot more stories exist. Be sure to chat with the volunteers, they will tell you not only more about the displays, but they will share their own personal stories of serving in the military. Thank You Dave, Steve and Bob.
Heroes do walk the Mitchel Field Hanger that houses the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City N.Y.