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Joseph Gaeta and Tommy Hitchcock, 1940

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Joseph Gaeta and Tommy Hitchcock, 1940

gaeta_hitchcock40Pilot Joseph Gaeta (l.) gets instructions from Tommy Hitchcock, Jr. (r.), famous polo player at the Downtown Sky Port in New York City.  Photo from the estate of Joseph J. Gaeta.

“I was Tommy Hitchcock’s personal pilot from 1921 to 1926.  We’d take off from Sands Point and in 12 minutes we were in New York City, Wall Street.  He flew in every day, regular as clockwork.  We did that for five years.”  – Joseph Gaeta