The Battle of Mogadishu – October 3-4 1993

On Saturday July 29th 2017, at 1:30 pm, the Babylon Junior Senior High School Class of ’77 and the American Airpower Museum honor the men of Task Force Ranger who took part in the battle of Mogadishu in October of 1993.

During the two days of battle, two American UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters were shot down in the center of the city. The operation to rescue the crews of both helicopters created an overnight standoff. The Battle concluded the next day, 4 October. In all, nineteen Americans died in the operation, seventy-three were wounded and one helicopter pilot was captured and subsequently released. The story of the battle was made famous by the 1993 movie, Black Hawk Down.

Representing Task Force Ranger will be Gerald Izzo, CWO4 (retired), BHS class of ’77, who was a Black Hawk pilot during the battle. He will relate his battle experiences to a crowd of invited veterans and public. Michelle Dellafave who entertained troops touring with the USO with Bob Hope and Dean Martin, will sing.

The community event, part of the BHS Class of 1977 “Pay It Forward” 40th Reunion Weekend, Black Hawk Down starts at 1:30 pm and is open to the public and free of charge. Veterans are encouraged to attend.

When: Saturday July 29th at 1:30pm
Where: American Airpower Museum, 1230 New Highway, Farmingdale NY 11935
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holiday schedule 2016

Dec 22,23 – Open 10:30am to 4:00 pm

Dec 24 – Open 10:30am to 2:00pm

Dec 25,26 – Closed – Merry Christmas!

Dec 27, 28, 29, 30 – Open 10:30am to 4:00pm

Dec 31 – Open 10:30am – 2:00pm

Jan 1 – Close – Happy New Year!

Kids paint class webslide Feb2016

Thursday February 18th from 11am – 1pm

2 Hour Kids Painting Class (ages 6+)
with step by step instruction by The Tiny Artisthttp://www.thetinyartist.com/
3x winner of Bethpage Best of LI 
$28 per child includes everything needed to create the perfect picture:
canvas, paint, smock, brushes, easel rental, professional instruction
Plus full access to the museum
Pre-registration/payment is required for this class…call Taryn at 516-510-6021 to book
Do not wear your best!  Dress for a mess!
parents are encouraged to stay and help younger children

 

AAM 2015 Holiday Schedule

December 23 Open 10:30am – 04:00pm

December 24 Open 10:30am – 02:00pm

December 25 Closed – Merry Christmas

December 26-30 Open 10:30am – 04:00pm

December 31 Open 10:30am – 02:00pm

January 1 Closed – Happy New Year

January 2-3 Open 10:30am – 04:00pm

We want to thank everybody for a terrifically fun and frightful Halloween celebration. We had so many wonderful costumes come through the door that it was extremely difficult to pick just one.

  • All other entrants will receive a gift certificate for a return visit to the American Airpower Museum.

A Soaring Tribute to POWs – WWII vets honored with flight by American Airpower Museum. Farmingdale, Long Island, New York.

As he lay by the side of the road in German-occupied France, Bernie Rader buried his dog tags. His unit had been ambushed, and Rader, who had been wounded, knew he’d be captured. But before the Nazis got him, the Jewish soldier from Brooklyn made sure they wouldn’t see his tags — stamped with an “H” for Hebrew.

Download PDF : Newsday POW Article

Check out this August’s Flypast Magazine for some great aviation stories as well as a nice two page spread on the Memorial Day Weekend Legends of Airpower Event.

Flypast Editor in Chief spent the weekend with us covering the CAF’s B-29 and our weekend event!

Be sure to check it out!

May 8th, 2015 marks the 70th Anniversary of the end of the fighting in Europe during WWII. The Germans formally surrendered on 7 May 1945, with the public announcement being made on May 8th.  VE Day as it became known was not the end of WWII. The war against Japan would go on for nearly 4 more months before coming to and end. But on 8 May Europe had been liberated from the Evil that was Hitler’s Nazi Germany.

President Harry Truman addressing the nation via radio announcing the German Surrender and VE Day.

President Harry Truman addressing the nation via radio announcing the German Surrender and VE Day.

New Yorkers celebrate the announcement of VE Day in New York City's Time Square.

New Yorkers celebrate the announcement of VE Day in New York City’s Time Square.

In England, Londoners celebrate VE Day 8 May 1945.

In England, Londoners celebrate VE Day 8 May 1945.

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