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Its Offical “Hawg Homecoming!” – SURPRISE! On 18 June 2014 The American Airpower Museum, under the cover of darkness, took delivery of one of its finest Aircraft acquisition to date. USAF A-10A Tail#80-247 arrived via truck under the expert handling of World Wide Aircraft Recovery at Republic Airport. This A-10A was acquired from the 355th FW at Davis Monthan AFB where it was last used to train ground maintenance crews. It had last been operational with the 25th Fighter Squadron, Osan AB Korea. This project was months in the making and led by AAM Board Member and Pilot Scott C., and museum manager Larry S. The acquisition was made possible by the assistance of the New York State Office of General Services and GSA. Also have to thank the 355th FW maintenance crews and their hard work to prepare the “HAWG” for display at its birthplace here at Republic Airport. The acquisition, and transport would not have been possible if it were not for the generosity of the Eugene and Emily Grant Foundation.
The A-10A will be undergoing a period of restoration work over the coming month so will not be on permanent display until its formal dedication ceremony later in the summer. We will be sure to post on our web site and FB when you might be able to see it periodically prior to the formal event. We are very excited to be able to now have an example of every Republic Fighter Aircraft on display, with the additional arrival of a F-84F also this week. We know the A-10 has a special place in many of the hearts of those local to the Airport as many of you worked on the program or may have had family that worked on it and other Republic programs. We hope you enjoy the surprise arrival!
The folks from the The Air Museum Network joined us over Memorial Day Weekend to take a flight aboard our C-47 and see first hand the American Airpower Museum’s C-47 Flight Experience Program. Check out the article on their web site for the scoop!
EAST FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — On Monday morning, two World War II veterans held bouquets of roses and boarded an old warplane at Republic Airport here. Both men — Frank Kittle, 90, and Jack McMullen, 91 — narrowly escaped death while serving on such planes over Europe during the war.
And now, 70 years later, they were being pulled back into service, aboard this military transport plane built in the 1940s. Their mission this time was to honor 19 soldiers who most likely crashed into the Atlantic off the coast of eastern Long Island 70 years ago in two B-24 bombers running training missions before going overseas.
Neither plane was ever found; nor were the crews. Their stories were largely forgotten — at least until last May, when a clue to their disappearance emerged from the ocean.
Last spring, fishing for porgies at a spot some 70 miles southeast of the Shinnecock Inlet known as “The Lump,” Andrew Soleau and the crew of the Viking Pride hauled from 44 fathoms deep an airplane’s landing gear. It was a piston longer than a man is tall, rusted and 600 pounds heavy.
Ben Rosman, a P-47 pilot who flew 112 missions over Germany and Italy during WWII passed away on February 28th at the age of 90.
Ben was a longtime docent at the American Airpower Museum who loved telling people about his exploits in the air.
CBS News – L.I. Museum Honors Female Pilot Killed In Line Of Duty During World War II
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – They were known as WASPs and served their country during World War II, but it has taken decades for them to get the recognition for that service.
WWII Scarsdale pilot Alice Lovejoy to be honored
A Scarsdale native who was killed in a midair collision over Texas during World War II while flying as a Women Airforce Service Pilot will be honored during a Memorial Day service at the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, Nassau County.