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Pallone, Menendez, Booker to Obama: #KillTheDrill
Sunday, 01 February 2015
Bipartisan Coalition of NJ Mayors Warn Offshore Drilling Threatens Jersey Shore Beaches, Economy NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker, and Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (N.J.-06) sent a letter today to President Obama... Read More...
IMAGE Junior Sailing 2015 Program at Keyport Yacht Club
Sunday, 01 February 2015
KEYPORT, NJ – Registration is now open for the summer Junior Sailing Program at the Keyport Yacht Club. Parents and young sailors interested in learning more about the program are encouraged to attend our Feb. 7 Open House where they can ask... Read More...
IMAGE NJR Clean Energy Ventures Announces Completion of Solar Projects
Sunday, 01 February 2015
PHOTO: NJR Clean Energy Ventures solar installation at Howell. WALL, N.J. – NJR Clean Energy Ventures (NJRCEV), the unregulated distributed power subsidiary of New Jersey Resources(NYSE: NJR), announced the completion of a 9.9 megawatt (MW)... Read More...
IMAGE Middletown Library Events - February 8-14, 2015
Saturday, 31 January 2015
Programs @ the library February 8th – 14th Passport to Reading Program continues.  Pick up a passport and list of activities at the Children's Desk. Each activity you complete earns one stamp in your passport. Six stamps earn you a ticket for... Read More...
AAA Mid-Atlantic: Super Bummed – Falling Fuel Prices Intercepted by Refinery Issues
Saturday, 31 January 2015
The Week After falling for a record 123 consecutive days, for a total savings of $1.31 per gallon, prices at the pump have changed direction slightly.  The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline ticked upward to $2.05 per gallon... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE SD Family Has Disability-Related Challenges
by Daniel J. Vance
Saturday, 31 January 2015
On Christmas Eve 2014, Tommi Mclaughlin of Spearfish, South Dakota, lost her balance because of multiple sclerosis (MS), fell over backwards near the... Read More...
IMAGE Observations on a MLK Celebration
by George Hancock-Stefan
Friday, 30 January 2015
On Monday, January 19, 2015 I went to a service honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. I went for multiple reasons. I went to honor a great American and... Read More...
IMAGE Worst Storm Ever? (What’s up widat?)
by Woody Zimmerman
Thursday, 29 January 2015
Somehow – no doubt largely due to the vigilance and timely warnings supplied by our political and media guardians – we have managed to survive... Read More...
IMAGE Review - Into The Woods
by David Prown
Wednesday, 28 January 2015
I saw the Broadway version of "Into the Woods" in the 80's with Bernadette Peters just a few days after I saw "Les Miserables" with the original... Read More...
IMAGE Protest This Super Bowl Commercial
by Anne Mikolay
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Sunday, February 1, the New England Patriots will face off against the Seattle Seahawks in NFL Super Bowl XLIX. Football fans will tune in to see the... Read More...

Upcoming Events

Mon Feb 09 @ 7:00PM -
AH - American Legion Meeting
Wed Feb 11 @ 7:00PM -
AH Council Meeting
Mon Feb 16 @ 7:00PM -
Classical Concert - Violin and Piano
Mon Feb 16 @ 7:30PM -
Deer Control Talk in Holmdel
Wed Feb 25 @ 7:00PM -
AH Council Meeting

Gateway National Recreation Area’s Floyd Bennett Field Hosts Historic Military Aircraft Marking 100 Years of Naval Aviation

Gateway National Recreation Area’s Floyd Bennett Field received a replica of the 1911 Ely-Curtiss Pusher Friday, May 20 after the historic aircraft landed to commemorate the Centennial of Naval Aviation. . Veteran pilot Bob Coolbaugh, who flew the plane to Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, built the replica himself over a three year period to celebrate this year’s observance. The historic replica aircraft will be on display at the former airfield through Friday, May 27 during New York City Fleet Week.

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Photo of Curtiss Pusher landing at Floyd Bennett Field after a brief spin around the park. Photo by Butch Moran; used by permission.

“Floyd Bennett Field is hallowed ground,” said Coolbaugh, a former U.S.

Navy carrier pilot. New York City’s first municipal airport opened on May 23, 1931—80 years ago today. “Think of the great pilots who flew here as part of some record-setting flight—Wiley Post, Amelia Earhardt, ‘Wrong Way’

Corrigan. They were living in the moment. This lets me revisit the edge.”

Hangar B, the home to Floyd Bennett Field’s collection of historic aircraft, is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday to the general public.

Volunteers from the Historic Airplane Restoration Project (HARP) will be on hand to explain a variety of aircraft to the public, including those used when Floyd Bennett Field served as a Naval Air Station within the Naval Air Reserve System. For information on specific events, call the Floyd Bennett Field Visitor Center at 718-338-3799.

Weather permitting, Coolbaugh hopes to take off from Floyd Bennett Field, fly over Governors Island National Monument, Statue of Liberty National Monument, and the U.S.S. Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum—all sites within New York Harbor. During his years as a Navy carrier pilot, Coolbaugh served on the Intrepid’s last cruise. A high resolution camera will take photographs every 30 seconds over the right shoulder of the pilot.

The aircraft is a replica of the model used in 1911 by aviation pioneer Eugene B. Ely to land on the deck of the armored cruiser U.S.S.

Pennsylvania. Later that day he successfully flew off the cruiser. (He had flown from the U.S.S. Birmingham the previous fall.) Within a year, the United States Navy purchased its first aircraft and began the development of a naval aviation program.

Coolbaugh, along with his “Curtiss crew” of six friends and pilots, built the replica Ely-Curtiss Pusher specifically to celebrate the centennial. No planes from naval aviation’s first decade existed in flying condition.

Coolbaugh, who flew for People’s Express and Continental Airlines after his enlistment in the Navy, has restored old planes for 25 years because he said he never could afford a new one. A bamboo frame supports fabric-covered wings and a tricycle undercarriage. The entire craft weighs about 1,000 pounds and flies best at about 55 miles per hour and has only one seat.

The replica is different from the original in one major respect. Modern digital test equipment records flight data, including a photo and video camera to record the flight. “Nobody alive has flown a Curtiss Pusher,”

said Coolbaugh. “There’s no one to ask for advice, no real concept about what’s going on.” Scientists at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland will analyze how the plane handles. A simulation will be developed, allowing people a chance to simulate flying the Ely-Curtiss Pusher. Meanwhile, Coolbaugh said, “You have to fly it with a lot of patience.”

The Ely-Curtiss Pusher will appear at a total of 19 shows to promote the centennial and this is the sixth location on tour. Coolbaugh hopes to log 300 flight hours in the craft, which will generally take place in one-hour increments throughout the celebration. The Ely-Curtiss Pusher will be one of the attractions at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., an annual air event attracting more than a half million aviation enthusiasts from around the world.

Coolbaugh respects aviation pioneers such as Ely for the risks they took.

“It’s a young man’s game,” said Coolbaugh. “Ely never had a ship to practice [on], yet this 26-year-old kid with 120 hours of flying experience landed on the deck of a ship. He was the best pilot in the world for about

14 months and then he was dead.” Coolbaugh believes that in today’s risk-averse environment, naval aviation could never have occurred because “it took a different mind set than what most people possess today.”

On Friday, May 27, Coolbaugh will depart Floyd Bennett Field for Philadelphia, which celebrates its own Navy Week through Sunday.

About Gateway National Recreation Area

Established in 1972, Gateway National Recreation Area has more than 26,000 acres of marshes, wildlife sanctuaries and recreational athletic facilities, miles of sandy beaches; indoor and outdoor classrooms; picnicking and camping areas, as well as historic structures and military installations, airfields, a lighthouse, and adjacent waters around New York harbor. The park offers urban residents in two states a wide range of recreational opportunities year round. With more than nine million visitors a year, it is the third most visited national park in the country. For information about Gateway's upcoming public programs, see the park's Web site at http://www.nps.gov/gate/index.htm