I have to say I disagree with you STT, there is a rather decent amount of aviation related activities to do in the metro area. As long as you have a car or can arrange transport you’re in good shape. Below are just a few.
The American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale, Long Island.
All the war birds at the museum still fly, in the winter they stay on the ground but early spring they are up flying allot. Until the spring the museum is home to the very last F14 ever flown in the U.S armed forces.
Floyd Bennet Field restoration.
Perhaps one of the best kept secrets in the NYC area, HARP is currently restoring some wonderful old piston birds. Admission is free and the atmosphere is right out of the 40s and 50s even to the oil on the floor, its great. Plus you can drive around the old Floyd Bennet field and even drive on the old runways, I think it’s pretty cool.
The Cradle of Aviation Museum.
This is an outstanding museum celebrating flight over NYC and Long Island, sadly though its future is in question and it may not be open when you come over. However if it is you must go, my suggestion would be to do the American Airpower museum in the morning and then on your way back to the city do the cradle. It has a great mix of civil, military, vintage, and space.
You also have a few stores in the area as well, the pilot shop in Oceanside Long Island and the Airplane store in NJ
. Not sure of the links but you could do a Google search I'm sure.
Again also check out www.NYCAviation.com
and join the forums, allot of the guys there know even more what you can when you come here. If you give some of us on NYCA
enough notice perhaps one of us can help you get around, it’s always a pleasure to meet new out of towners.
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