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The Legacy of Roosevelt Field

The Legacy of Roosevelt Field

June 16, 2020

A little under two miles outside of Garden City, travelers can visit a historic Long Island site: the former location of the Roosevelt Field airport. Initially called by a number of different names, Roosevelt Field was a training base for the United States Army Air Service during World War I. After the war ended, the base was renamed after Quentin Roosevelt - son of President Theodore Roosevelt - who died in battle.

Many noteworthy flights took off from Roosevelt Field over the next few decades. One of the most historic was that of Charles Lindbergh in 1927. Lindbergh flew from New York to Paris in the world’s first-ever solo transatlantic flight. Amelia Earhart - the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic - also trained at Roosevelt Field, along with Wiley Post - the first pilot to fly solo around the world. With its impressive wealth of history, Roosevelt Field is an exciting landmark for anyone interested in aviation.

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