Time Away From The Ferrari

8/16/00 Time away from the Ferrari

I spent today away from the Ferrari, but wanted to share what I did with the aviation fans that come and visit my site. Gear heads have a lot in common. We find that our interests in cars spread out to motorcycles, small engines, and even airplanes. My interest comes from my fascination of all things mechanical. I love to see a good machine run, be it in a sewing machine to a jet fighter.

I was speaking to a friend of mine the other day, and the conversation turned to his father and the work he was doing on some old airplanes. He’s retired, and Mr. Raman volunteers his photographic skills at a place called “Cradle of Aviation.” It’s a museum out in Long Island, NY that is slated to open in Spring of 2001. It’s location is on Mitchell Field, the site of many historic flights including Lindbergh’s solo flight across the Atlantic. Mr. Raman has been working with this organization for four years, and has been diligently photographing it’s progress into an air museum.

I was offered a preview of this museum, and a chance to meet some of the craftsmen who are restoring all these old airplanes. Many are volunteers and retired mechanics, and tradesmen from the aircraft industry that thrived in and about Long Island. I jumped at the chance to see these old planes, and took some pictures to show anybody who’s interested.

I’m no aviation expert, so I’m not going to even attempt to name the planes I photographed. For those who can appreciate them, and name the planes, you won’t need me to expose my ignorance! Enjoy!

All these planes are currently in storage waiting to be put out on display in the main hanger. They are already hanging a few planes in the atrium that will greet you as you enter the museum.

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