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Old 02-20-2015, 05:51 PM   #21
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Naval Air Station (NAS) Rockaway was one of the U.S. Navy's original Naval Air Stations. Operational between 1917 and 1930, it was staffed with as few as a handful of men to as many as a maximum of 1,285 men. Over 80 buildings and several large hangars were constructed. Fort Tilden's battery of four 12 inch mortars were also located inside the boundaries of the 96 acre NAS Rockaway.

The famous Navy-Curtiss NC type "Nancy" flying boats of NAS Rockaway were the first aircraft to cross the Atlantic. Due to the inadequate fuel capacity of the NC aircraft, the aircraft landed many times to be refueled by pre-positioned Navy ships. This flight was a triumph in 1919 and remained so until 1927, when Charles Lindbergh made his solo, non-stop flight from Roosevelt Field, Long Island, NY, to Paris.

In addition to the NC aircraft, the base also had F-5-L, HS, and N-9 Squadrons, as well as dirigibles, free balloon, and kite balloons. NAS Rockaway was also used as an advanced training facility for Navy aviators.

Curtiss R-9's were also stationed at this base.
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