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The Floyd Bennett Field Task Force

Partners / Links


The Task Force works with and supports other groups, including:


We're pleased to be working with military veterans and aviation enthusiasts who appreciate the significance of our work and are glad to provide hands-on help.

Historic Aircraft Restoration Project (HARP)
Hangar B, Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn
Phone 718-338-3799
Open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

HARP info brochure

This non-profit volunteer group restores vintage military aircraft. HARP is based in historic Hangar B at Floyd Bennett Field, built by the Navy in WW2 to house squadron VRF-4, whose mission was to deploy and ferry the Navy's seaplanes. A seaplane ramp adjoins the hangar on the west shore of Jamaica Bay. HARP maintains some interpretive displays about the military history of the Field as de facto proxy for the National Park Service until the Park Service develops their own interpretive program.

Cradle of Aviation
Museum Lane, Mitchel Field
Garden City, NY 11530
Phone 516-572-0411


An extensive and premier collection of civilian and military aircraft, spacecraft and displays in an historic hangar at Mitchel Field. Includes a visitor's center and IMAX theatre. Covers aviation from the earliest days through the lunar lander, with emphasis on Long Island as the "cradle of aviation".

American Airpower Museum
Republic Airport, 1300 New Highway
Farmingdale, NY 11735
Phone 631-293-6398


Another outstanding collection of WW2 military aircraft, historic control tower, and displays in an historic hangar. The setting is very authentic, being located at an active and busy general aviation airport.

State of New York
New York State Museum Albany
State Historic Preservation Office


We appreciate the early support from the office of the State Historian, and the office of the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO). The SHPO determined that the WW2 period at Floyd Bennett Field is nationally significant, enabling the Park Service to move forward with additional preservation planning and action.

Northrop Grumman History Center
South Oyster Bay Road, Bethpage, NY 11714
Phone 516-575-2401


The Grumman corporate archive is open to researchers and small groups by special arrangement. Grumman Aircraft Engineering (now Northrop Grumman) was the chief supplier of naval combat aircraft in WW2 and their planes, particularly the F6F "Hellcat" were beloved by Navy ferry and combat pilots. Navy officials publicly attributed a large part of our victory in the Pacific air war to the quality - in design and performance - of Grumman aircraft.

Grumman's chief sub-contractor, Eastern Aircraft Division of General Motors, deserves special mention for their stunning transformation of auto assembly plants to aircraft production.

Friends of Gateway
232 East 11th Street
New York, N.Y. 10003


A Manhattan based non-profit advocating for parks, greenways, and walking/hiking opportunities. They operate a greenhouse at Floyd Bennett Field. FOG and the Task Force have proposed development of a self-guided history trail through Floyd Bennett Field, highlighting human and natural historical points of interest.

Americans for National Parks
National Parks Conservation Association
1300 19th St NW #300, Washington, DC 20036
Phone 202-454-3335


The Task Force is a member of this coalition seeking support from Congress for adequate funding of America's national parks. NPCA is the nation's leading advocate for national parks.

To download an Adobe pdf copy of the National Park Service brochure "Floyd Bennett Field: World War II 1941-1945":


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