In 1994 the abandoned Republic Aviation Corporation plant was demolished. It looked nothing like it did below, circa 1953.
Top photo from the collection of Guy LaMotta.
I feel very bad about it, like the place has been desecrated. I spent a lot of my lifetime there, and we built all those historic places. It should have been preserved, part of it anyway. But there’s nothing we can do about it.
- Josephine Rachiele
I had a lot of friends who worked at that plant. I wanted to play the taps as they were taking the building down, as a dedication to them. I been watchin’ it as it came down.
- Theodore Padova
Photo courtesy of of the Estate of Joseph J. Gaeta.
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
Photo from the estate of Joseph Gaeta.