Here’s Looking at You, Floyd Bennett
New York City’s first municipal airport couldn’t take a bad picture.
- By Diane Tedeschi
- AirSpaceMag.com, September 14, 2010
NASM/ Rudy Arnold
In the 1930s, Floyd Bennett Field was the place to be if you were a pilot who wanted to make the headlines. Aviators such as Jimmy Doolittle, Jacqueline Cochran, and Wiley Post used the airfield as the departure point and destination to set a slew of speed and distance records. The dashing pilots, sleek airliners, and sweeping vistas attracted the attention of many photographers, including the airport’s resident camera man Rudy Arnold, who shot thousands of images during the airport’s golden age. See the gallery at right for a sampling.