I've Got Something To Sing Out About : Oct 17, 2007
Seven years ago Moriches historian Van Field e mailed me and told me he found something of interest in the micro film of The Patchogue Advance in April of 1917. It was this item about an Airplane Station at Mastic. Van asked me if I had ever heard of airfield there, as the only one he had ever heard of was at Smith Point....Well as readers of this website well know over the years I have found quite a bit of info and photos of the flyers and their planes etc of what was officially known as The US Navy Reserve Aerial Coast Patrol Unit 3 aka The Knapp Seaplane Base, located on shore of the Knapp Estate in what is now known as (since 1926)Mastic Beach ..... Here is the article from the Patchogue Advance and one from the NY Times .... take notice to the part in both that says "equipped with Three hangers ........ the hangers will be put up at once"
Patchogue Advance --- N Y Times April 15, 1917
Of all the photos I have found over the years including the hanger they put up at Smith Point when the base grew rapidly over the summer of 1917, I have never seen this photo ..... until today
SO MAY I PRESENT TO YOU
THE THREE HANGERS
Not To Be Confused With The Three Tenors
THERE THEY ARE ALL IN A ROW
How do I know where this photo is taken asks you ?.....Glad you asked says I. There were only 3 Aerial Coast Patrol Units operating when this photo appeared in the July 2 issue of Aerial Age Magazine : #1 at Huntington, # 2 at Bay Shore and # 3 at Mastic. Of the three. only Knapp's place was ever referenced as having 3 hangers and I have had photos of Huntington & Bay Shore for years. They look nothing like these three. The press & the Navy were very touchy at the the outbreak of US Involvement in WW1 about printing actual locations of military installations. After all there were German U Boats right off shore on Long Island.
Look Boss ...Dee Plane, Dee Plane
Who Goes There?
50 PLUS PAGES A WEEK OF NOTHING BUT FLYING NEWS FROM 1912 - 1922
So why is there a boat on the cover?
It would not suprise me that's not one of Dodi Knapp's many speed boats he had ever since 1910
LINKS FOR MORE AERO STUFF
DID I MENTION CLAIRE KNAPP WAS ALSO LIVING HERE AT THIS TIME?
& SHE EVENTUALLY MARRIED ONE OF THE UNIT 3 FLYBOYS MANY YEARS LATER