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Volunteers restore planes at the Cradle of Aviation Museum at Mitchell Field
Volunteers restore planes at the Cradle of Aviation Museum at Mitchell Field. Photo: Robert Axel

Charles Lindbergh and the Cradle of Aviation

Long Island was nicknamed the Cradle of Aviation in the 1940's, when the flat, unobstructed area called Hempstead Plains attracted some of the earliest aviators to test and build airplanes. Roosevelt Field is best remembered as the take-off point for Charles Lindbergh's famous transatlantic flight. Mitchell Field, also the site of a number of "firsts in flight," is now the home of the Cradle of Aviation Museum, housing more than 70 planes, replicas, and spacecraft. The collection represents the labor of love of almost 150 volunteers who have worked to preserve Long Island's place in aviation history.

Originally submitted by: Carolyn McCarthy, Representative (4th District).

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