Mike Scarpia (l.) and Frederick "Sparky" Biddle (r.). Circa 1940s-1950s. How "Sparky" got his nickname: Whenever a car came in with something wrong, he said, "Gotta be the spark plug."
In 1994 the abandoned Republic Aviation Corporation plant was demolished. It looked nothing like it did below, circa 1953. Top photo from the collection of Guy LaMotta. I feel very bad about it, like the place has been desecrated. I spent a
To commemorate the achievement of the first commercial survey flights made across the North Atlantic jointly by Pan American Airways and Imperial Airways* *Forerunner of British Overseas Airways Corporation Piloted by Captain Harold E. Gray, the Pan American Sikorsky S-42B Clipper flying
William B. Atwater, early Port Washington aviator, entered races, flew to Bermuda, and set speed records. He also had a bit of legal trouble, according to this New York Times article from August 28, 1915: W.B. ATWATER FACES JAIL; COURT DOUBTS AVIATOR'S