Briella TomassettiJul 30, 2018, 12:59 pm

Mitchel Air Force Base becomes an official NY historic landmark

Base was the starting point for first solo trans-Atlantic flight between North American and mainland Europe

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GARDEN CITY — The Mitchel Air Force Base has been added to the National Register of Historic Places as a New York landmark. The addition of Mitchel Field to the registry was a four-year process and was made possible through efforts by the Cradle of Aviation's Curatorial Division. Playing a major role in Long Island aviation history, pilots trained at Mitchel for World War I. In between both World Wars, the base continued to expand, and it was used for flying fields, runways, and taxiways.

"Hopefully, this will enable this generation and future generations to know that when they come here, this being a historic place, they will realize just how valuable Long Island has been to the history of this country and to the history of the world," said Rep. Peter King, R-Second District.

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