Chapter 5

CGAS BROOKLYN ... A PHOTO SESSION

The following photographs are of Floyd Bennett Field and Coast Guard Air Station Brooklyn taken over the last half century.

Coast Guard Air Station Brooklyn (1938)

Parked on the ramp is a Hall-Aluminum PH-2. Three of these were the initial aircraft the station received when it was commissioned.

Approach plan for U. S. Coast Guard Air Station Brooklyn, N.

Ground breaking ceremonies for the air station.
Mayor LaGuardia (with shovel) and
Rear Admiral R. R. Waesche, Commandant, USCG. (center).

 

Two aerial views of the air station during the 1960's.

Igor Sikorsky (left) greets his son Sergei
while visiting CGAS Brooklyn.
The first helicopter "simulator" located at
Sikorsky Airport Conn.

(left) another view of the helicopter
"simulator at Brooklyn.

(above) A PBM-5 Martin Mariner does a JATO (jet assisted takeoff)
from the Hudson River in the 1950's.

 

The crew of Coast Guard mechanics (above left) reassemble an HOS-1 after it was flown from Brooklyn to Gander, Newfoundland aboard a C-54. The helo was used to rescue survivors of a Belgian Airliner which crashed 22 miles from Gander on 18 Sept. 1946. (above right) The helo brings in one more survivor from the crash scene.

 

(above left) Barren Island as it looked bfore it was decide to make an airport on the site. (above right) Floyd Bennett Field as it appeared shortly after its dedication as a municipal airport.

 

(above left) Floyd Bennett Field as seen during its heyday. (above right) On 8 May 1919, three Navy Flying Boats departed Naval Air Station Rockaway, N.Y. for a Trans-Atlantic flight to Lisbon Portugal. The Navy planes were NC-1, NC-3 and NC-4. Pictured are the three flying boats as they depart on thei journey. Note the glue factory on Barren Island.

Seen landing in Lisbon, Portugal, NC-4 was the only one of the original three to successfully complete the Trans-Atlantic flight fro New York. This aircraft was piloted by Coast Guard Aviator #1 Elmer F. Stone, the only non-naval member of the expedition. The NC-4 had flown 3308 miles in 44 hours and 36 minute at an average speed of 74.6 knots.

Pages from a CGAS Brooklyn log dated 2 November 1948 (above left) and 9 April 1948 (above right).

 

Staton radioman assignment sheet for October 1948. A copy of temporary order dated 23 November 1948.

Note the many various aircraft types assigned.

March 1944 two Sikorsky HNS-1 helicopter training pilots at Air Station Brooklyn. Right helo shows a Coast Guard pilot instructing a British pilot.