Port Washington Aviation History

Allan Litty

Allan Litty and Wife on Wing, 1949

arch416Port residents the Littys sit on the wing of a Vultee BT13 at the Deer Park Airport (which no longer exists) on Long Island.  For more information on the Deer Park Airport, see “Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields” (scroll down).

Photo from the collection of Allan Litty.

Republic RC-3 Seabee Pulled By Crane, 1949

arch413This seaplane was owned by Ray Profitt, of Ray Profitt Seaplane Base.  The photograph was taken by Everitt J. Hehn Insurance, of 51 Main Street in Port Washington, in July 1949.

If you’re interested in learning more about this aircraft check out its Wikipedia entry, the International Republic Seabee fansite, or see the post below for an image of the Seabee out of water.

Photo from the collection of Allan Litty.

Seaplane Pulled Out of Water, 1949


Republic RC-3 Seabee that belonged to Ray Profitt, owner of Ray Profitt Seaplane Base, being taken out of the water by a crane.  The photograph was taken by Everitt J. Hehn Insurance of 51 Main Street, Port Washington and is from the collection of Allan Litty.

Here’s a look at the RC-3 Seabee — out of the water!

Seabee by Koocheekoo.This photo is used under Creative Commons license via Flickr.com: http://www.flickr.com/photos/koocheekoo/ / CC BY-NC 2.0

Allan Litty & Wife With Their Piper J-3

arch417Photo from the collection of Allan Litty.  Taken at the Tom’s Point Skyport.

Allan Litty & His Piper J-3 at Tom's Point Skyport

arch418Photo from the collection of Allan Litty.

For more information about the Piper J-3 see the Wikipedia entry or the Piper Cub Forum website.

Allan Litty said:

We’d have air shows.  Could you imagine today, if someone said ‘I’m gonna walk a wing,’ they’d arrest him.  You’d advertise like a garage sale. ‘Air Show, Sunday the 14th’ and the cars would come from everywhere.