Founded in 1945, this airport is unique in the fact that it has a grass runway. It is owned by the Town of Islip and has been managed by the Society since 1972.
A little history about the society is appropriate here. It is a living museum dedicated to preserving aviation history. Many members have either retired from once prominent aviation corporations and are interested in keeping alive Long Island's rich history of what it was once known for: building and designing airplanes during WWII. They share their passion with members of the surrounding community and anyone who cares to visit. Here are some pictures of the planes that they keep alive and running. We even won a ride on one of the planes.
Here is a RC-3 Seabee. It was developed by Republic Aviation Corp in the late 1940's. It was hoped that military pilots returning from the war would want to fly civilian aircraft after they arrived home. This never happened and this plane was discontinued in 1947.
Here is an REO Speedwagon. You will recognize this name from the rock band who named themselves after this flatbed truck made by REO Motor Car Company. The initials stand for Ransom Eli Olds who later founded the Oldsmobile Auto Company.
Both Susan and I got to ride on this plane across the ocean above Fire Island and back again. This photo, courtesy of the Bayport Aerodrome Society site, is a 1940 Aeronca. It was a beautiful ride, but a little bumpy at the end.
Approaching Fire Island from the plane.
Here is a link to the Bayport Aerodrome Society. Enjoy.