The Cradle of Aviation Museum challenged you to solve this weekend's Mystery Foto.
Answers to the Mystery Foto questions:
- What is the location and orientation of the aerial?
Over the eastern section of Roosevelt Field looking east towards Westbury. Old Country Road is on the left. Merrick Avenue is in the background going from left to right.
- Identify the major buildings and structures
-Roosevelt Raceway grandstands and harness track
-Arma Corp. plant
-Two Roosevelt Field airplance hangars
-The remnants of a Roosevelt Field runway
-St. Brigid's Church, 75 Post Avenue, Westbury
-Meadowbrook Polo Field
-Salisbury Country Club golf course
- What is the year of the aerial? Provide a rationale.
Circa 1952. Rationale: Roosevelt Field was closed in 1951. Plans for the Arma building were announced in August 1951. The Roosevelt Field hangar east of Gate Boulevard.
- Link the aerial to the Vanderbilt Cup Races
The grandstands in the Mystery Foto were used for the 1936 and 1927 Vanderbilt Cup Races.
Sections of the Old Country Road in the Mystery Foto were used in the 1909 and 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Race courses. A section of Ellison Road was used in the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race.
Congrats to Captain Peter Kahl, Greg O., Lee Chambers, Sam Berliner III, Eric, Michael Appice, Richard Krause, Tim Ivers, Steve Lucas, Dick Gorman,Art Kleiner (see Kleiner's Korner) and Frank Femenias (see Femenias' Findings) for identifying the Roosevelt Field location. Kudos to Captain Peter Kahl, Greg O., Michael Appice, Steve Lucas, Art Kleiner and Dick Gorman for providing excellent rationals for the circa 1952 date.
Roosevelt Raceway, the site of the 1936 and 1937 Vanderbilt Cup Races. The track was being used for harness racing in this aerial.
The most easterly Roosevelt Field hangar and the practice harness track.
The Arma Corp. building nearing completion. See below Kleiner's Korner.
Note: The hangar east of Gate Boulevard and the remnants of the Roosevelt Field runway.
St. Bridgid's Curch, 75 Post Avenue, Westbury, NY
Other Aerials of the Area (Courtesy of Cradle of Aviation)
Caption: Aerial view of three hangars looking east along Old Country Road along flight path #67. Circa 1952/1953.
Note: The Roosevelt Field hangar north of Gate Boulevard and west of the Arma Corp. building (seen in the Mystery Foto) has been demolished.
Caption: Aerial view along Old Country Road looking east showing Arma Company building and on concrete hangar. Circa 1952/1953.
Caption: Aerial view of remaining three hangars on Old Country Road looking east. Circa: 1952/1953.
Caption: Aerial view of Old Country Road looking east with three hangars with Roosevelt Raceway in background and Meadowbrook Parkway in foreground. Circa: 1956.
Note: Only one car on Meadowbrook Parkway.
Femenias' Findings (Submitted by Frank Femenias)
Then & Now
Kleiner's Korner (Submitted by Art Kleiner)
Current Bing map
Fairchild Engineeting Tax Survey-1953
Newsday, August 8, 1950
The New York Times, August 9, 1950
Newsday, January 31, 1951
Newsday, August 4, 1951
Arma Corp. plant set for Roosevelt Field.
Newsday, August 1, 1953
The New York Times, February 9, 1958