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Help Your Community Exercise Their Right to Vote in 2015
Wednesday, 04 March 2015
Become a Monmouth County election poll worker FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Board of Elections is seeking poll workers for upcoming elections. “Voting is one of the greatest privileges that we have as Americans,” said Monmouth County... Read More...
County Gears Up for Consumer Protection Week 2015
Wednesday, 04 March 2015
FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Division of Consumer Affairs is joining with federal, state, and local government agencies and national organizations to celebrate National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) from March 1 through March 7. “People... Read More...
IMAGE March 2015 Youth Programs at Middletown Library
Wednesday, 04 March 2015
The following programs are scheduled at Middletown Township Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Road, Middletown: Programs @ the library March 8th – 14th LEGO Free Play Mon, March 9th @3:45pm (Grades K&Up/Tween)The newest addition to our drop in... Read More...
County Seeking Employers for March 27 Job Fair
Wednesday, 04 March 2015
Companies must register to participate; jobseekers do not need to register LINCROFT, NJ – Monmouth County will again offer employers and jobseekers the opportunity to connect at the Monmouth County Spring Job Fair scheduled for Friday, March 27 at... Read More...
IMAGE Arts Council Lecture: “Sir Tom Stoppard —The Outsider”
Wednesday, 04 March 2015
Photo: Theatre Director Cheryl Faraone, Ph.D. Atlantic Highlands Arts Council’s Artists and Authors Series “Sir Tom Stoppard —The Outsider”, A Lecture by Theatre Director Cheryl Faraone, Ph.D. Atlantic Highlands, NJ - On... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Winter of Discontent
by Woody Zimmerman
Wednesday, 04 March 2015
Just four months ago, angry and energized voters swarmed to the polls to give Republicans control of the Senate and increase their House of... Read More...
IMAGE Bay Birds Attempt to Avoid Bay Ice
by Joe Reynolds
Monday, 02 March 2015
Brrrrrrrr. No doubt this was a cold winter season. Just how cold? February officially made it into the record books as the coldest February in... Read More...
IMAGE Bullers Went from Journalist to Advocate
by Daniel J. Vance
Sunday, 01 March 2015
Last week, I featured long-time journalist and disability advocate Finn Bullers of Kansas City, Kansas. I'm now featuring him again because of the... Read More...
IMAGE Monmouth Republicans Have a Bright Future
by Jack Archibald
Sunday, 01 March 2015
If last weekend was any indication, the Monmouth County Republican Party is in very good shape. In the dead of winter, the Monmouth GOP held two... Read More...
IMAGE Poetical License and Truth
by George Hancock-Stefan
Friday, 27 February 2015
Our Monmouth County neighbor Mr. Brian Williams from NBC was suspended for telling a story about his time in Iraq that was not completely... Read More...

Upcoming Events

Fri Mar 06 @ 2:00PM - 07:00PM
Income Tax Help - Union Beach
Fri Mar 06 @ 7:00PM -
'Night at the Races' - AHES
Mon Mar 09 @ 7:00PM -
AH - American Legion Meeting
Wed Mar 11 @ 1:00PM -
NARFE Meets
Wed Mar 11 @ 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