LOOK !... UP IN THE SKY, ... IT'S A BIRD, ... IT'S A PLANE ,

IT'S BONNEY!

TODAY THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY 600,000 CERTIFIED PILOTS IN THE US. ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO IN 1911 THERE WERE LESS THAN 50. # 44 JUST HAPPENED TO BE LEONARD BONNEY SEEN HERE DOING AN EXHIBITION FOR THE WRIGHTS . SIX YEARS LATER AS AMERICA ENTERED WW1, BONNEY WOULD BE TRAINING NEW US NAVY PILOTS AT THE KNAPP ESTATE ON THE SHORES OF NARROW BAY AT THE FOOT OF WHAT IS JEFFERSON DRIVE TODAY. IN MASTIC ( Beach ) NY. IN THE 1920s, BONNEY RETURNED TO THE KNAPP ESTATE TO START CONSTRUCTION ON THE BONNEY GULL EXPERIMENTAL PLANE IN AN 1850s ERA BARN, THAT STILL EXISTS ON RAMSHORN DRIVE.

More On Leonard Bonney Here

& In The Links Below In AERIAL ANTICS Too

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AERIAL ANTICS

MASTIC MAKES THE FRONT PAGE AGAIN

This Time In Ogden Utah

Actually Sperry did it right over Pattersquash Island in Narrow Bay, so the rest of the guys at the base could watch

MUCH MORE BELOW ABOUT THE KNAPP SEAPLANE BASE DURING WW 1

IN WHAT WAS TO BECOME MASTIC BEACH

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