The skies above Long Island have always called to the adventurous, the innovative, and the ambitious. So it’s no surprise that Walt Winnicki, born in 1928 in the shadow of the biplanes above Roosevelt Field, grew up with a love for aviation. He got his pilot’s license soon after World War II, learning from many of the flyers who were invovled in the golden age of flight themselves.
On this episode of the Long Island History Project, we talk with Walter about life between the air and the myriad of small airports that used to dot the Island. And we also talk with Bob Mott, historian of the Bayport Aerodrome Society, about the preservation and promotion of the last public grass airfield on Long Island.
Listen to the podcast here.
The Long Island History Project is a podcast featuring stories and interviews with people passionate about Long Island history. It is co-hosted by academic librarian Chris Kretz and local historian and preservationist Connie Currie.
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