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

Flag Day

The American Airpower Museum through the generosity of Southwest Airlines is offering our patrons an opportunity to win 2 free round trip tickets to any Southwest Airlines destination in the Continental United States and Puerto Rico.

Tickets: $10 for 1 ticket, $25 for 3 tickets, $35 for 5 tickets.

Two sets of 2 round trip tickets will be raffled off.

No museum admission necessary to purchase raffle tickets.

Raffle tickets must be purchased in person at the museum gift shop or museum admission desk before 3pm May 29th 2017.

There is no limit to the number of tickets that may be purchased.

Drawing will be held at 4:30 pm on May 29th at the American Airpower Museum.

Employees, volunteers or relatives of the American Airpower Museum not eligible.

Purchasers must provide name, address, telephone number and valid email address at time of purchase.

Prize valued at $400. Winners will be provided with a 1099 for tax purposes.

If purchaser cannot be contacted within one week to claim prize. Another winner will be drawn.

Airline tickets must be used by September 2, 2017.

Odds of winning based on the number of tickets sold.

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Join us this Memorial Day Weekend for the annual Legends of Airpower Weekend at the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport at 1230 New Highway Farmingdale, NY. The Museum is just 55 minutes outside of NYC, and just 5 minutes from the Farmingdale Long Island Rail Road train stop.  As in year’s past the event will be held in conjunction with the great Bethpage Federal Credit Union Jones Beach Air Show at the Jones Beach State Park. Held at historic Republic Airport once home to the legendary Thunder Factory of Republic Aviation the museum will celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the American volunteer group better known as the Flying Tigers, the Doolittle Tokyo Raid, and Battle of Midway. Aircraft will be on display and flying for the visiting public throughout the weekend. The museum’s legendary P-40 Warhawk, the B-25 Mitchel, TBM-3 Avenger will pay tribute to these historic anniversaries. Also on display for the weekend will be the entire museum collection of historic flying and static aircraft including the C-47, AT-28D, AT-6D, WACO UPF-7, F-84 collection, F-105D, and F-111A. Visiting us for the weekend will be the Yankee Air Museum’s B-17G “Yankee Lady”.  You will also be able to watch most of the Jones Beach Air Show Air Operations with acts departing and returning to the airfield from the runways in viewing range of our hangar and flight line.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to take flight some of the legendary aircraft of World War II.

To book your flight on the B-17G “Yankee Lady” go to the Yankee Air Museum Web Site.

9-11 We Remember

closure 7-15-2016

AAM will be closed for filming Friday July 15th.
AAM will Reopen the next day on Saturday July 16th

Early Morning at AAM at the Start of Weekends Event

Early Morning at AAM at the Start of Weekends Event

All of us from AAM would like to thank all those who attended our Legends of Airpower Weekend 22-25 May 2015. Crowds were wowed by one of the largest gatherings of WWII Warbirds in the New York Metropolitan Area in years as we honored the 70th Anniversary of the End of WWII in Europe and the Pacific. Our visiting aircraft this year were the Commemorative Air Force who brought their B-29 “FiFi”, B-24 “Diamond Lil'”, SB2C “Helldiver”,  P-51 “Mustang” , and C-45 “Expeditor”. Returning for their Annual visit to New York and AAM was the Yankee Air Force and their B-17 “Yankee Lady”.  This visiting line up also paired with our collection of WWII aircraft showed off all the major Bombers and Fighters of WWII minus just a few. This summer also marked the return to the air for our Grumman TBM-3E “Avenger” a veteran of the war in the Pacific. Also on display during the weekends event were the awesome WWII Armor and Vehicles from the Museum of American Armor from nearby Bethpage State Park.

We also had the honor of welcoming many WWII veterans to our museum over the weekend. A special tribute was held for a long time friend of the Museum former Lt. Joe O’Grady who was lead bombardier on some of the first missions to Tokyo. We also paid tribute to one of our long time sponsors and supporters WWII  9th AF 362nd FG Veteran Major Eugene Grant.

We weren’t without a little jet noise either as our two L-39s took to the skies showcasing Cold War era aircraft as well. During the course of the weekend we were also entertained by all of the additional aircraft participating in the Jones Beach Air Show that weekend.


Once again we thank everyone who attended for their support and have already started planning next year’s great event!

Thanks to our sponsors – New York Newsday, Chrysler/Jeep of Long Island, Hillside Honda, the Eugene and Emily Grant Foundation, and Cockpit USA.

Special Thanks to Republic Airport, Sheltair FBO, Nassau Flyers, the New York State Parks, and Bethpage Federal Credit Union.

Be sure to stay tuned for upcoming events, and look forward to having everyone back soon!


SB2C Helldiver and FG-1D Corsair at the American Airpower Museum , NY

SB2C Helldiver and FG-1D Corsair at the American Airpower Museum , NY

An M-4 Sherman Tank and a C-47 Skytrain at the American Airpower Museum

M-4 Sherman Tank and a C-47 Skytrain at the American Airpower Museum Memorial Day Weekend 2015

AAM P-40 returns from Jones Beach during the Legends of Airpower Weekend 2015

AAM P-40 returns from Jones Beach during the Legends of Airpower Weekend 2015

AAM TBM-3E landing at Republic Airport Memorial Day Weekend 2015

AAM TBM-3E landing at Republic Airport Memorial Day Weekend 2015

We hope you all enjoy your 4th of July and join us in celebrating 239 of Independence, freedom, and liberty.


We will be open this weekend and should have some flight operations during the day.