Port Washington Aviation History


6th Annual Cruise of the L.I. Aviation Country Club, c. 1928

arch462In Sands Point, members of the club await the start of the sixth annual seaplane cruise of the Long Island Aviation Country Club.

The Club was based in Hicksville, but eliminated after World War II with the development of Levittown.  For more information see the Long Island Early Fliers Club‘s article about the Long Island Aviation Country Club: http://www.longislandearlyfliers.org/news_archive/07marchapril.htm

Draftsmen at the American Aeronautical Corp. Plant, 1929

arch266The plant was located on Manhasset Isle.

Photo courtesy of of the Estate of Joseph J. Gaeta.

Aerial View of Manhasset Isle, 1927


View of Hangars on Manhasset Isle, 1938

fom195View of Manhasset Bay, in front of Pan American hangar on Manhasset Isle.  Notice the flying boat that just landed!

The hangar floors were absolutely without a grease spot on them anywhere, the docks and floats were freshly painted, and a big signal mast with the national colors flying.  It was quite a handsome base altogether.

– William Masland

Pan American Passengers Check-In, c. 1940s

arch553No ticket kiosks, no metal detectors, no arrival and departure monitors… Check-in / pre-boarding procedures were a little different then!

Photo from the Pan American World Airways, Inc. Records, held at the University of Miami.

Passengers Prepare To Board Pan Am's Boeing Clipper

fom002Photo from the Pan American World Airways, Inc. Records, Archives and Special Collections Department, Otto G. Richter Library, University of Miami.

Passengers Board a Sikorsky S-42B, June 12, 1937

arch67Photo from the estate of Willard Baker.

Savoia-Marchetti S-56 on Manhasset Isle

arch267In front of the American Aeronautical Corporation hangar.

Photo from the estate of Joseph Gaeta.

TWA Ford Tri-Motor

arch583Photo from the estate of James Wilkie.

American Aeronautical Corp. Type S-55 Taking Off From Manhasset Bay, 1929

fom23The gas-carrying barge and recreational boats in the background depict ongoing activities in the bay – both commercial and recreational.

Photo from the estate of Joseph J. Gaeta.