This lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places registration file, “Floyd Bennett Field Historic District,” materials in the files of the VRF-1 Association and the Floyd Bennett Field Task Force, as well as published sources related to the history of Naval Air Station New York (Floyd Bennett Field) and the Grumman Corporation's aircraft production in World War II. Richard Reed and James Van Westering of the Floyd Bennett Field Task Force wrote Floyd Bennett Field: Naval Aviation's Home in Brooklyn with assistance from the staff of Gateway National Recreation Area, National Park Service. Education consultant, Jean West, and the Teaching with Historic Places staff edited the lesson.
*Special note to teachers:
Where it fits into the curriculum
1) To understand the importance of the role of the United States as the “Arsenal of Democracy” to the outcome of World War II.
2) To illustrate how the collaboration between private enterprise in war equipment production, and the military's Naval Air Ferry Command in delivery, succeeded in the deployment of approximately 100,000 critically-needed new aircraft to the front lines.
3) To outline the contributions on the home front of women aircraft workers, such as the “Janes who made the planes” for Grumman Corporation, to Allied victory in World War II.
4) Research how WWII has been commemorated in their community or plan a program to commemorate Veterans Day or Memorial Day in their community.
Materials for students
The Floyd Bennett Field Historic District is located on Floyd Bennett Field, which is part of the Jamaica Bay Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. The district is located at the southern base of Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. Take the Belt Parkway to exit 11-S (Flatbush Avenue South). Make a left at the last light before the toll plaza for the Marine Parkway Bridge into Floyd Bennett Field. Floyd Bennett Field is open daily from sunrise to sunset. The Ryan Visitor Center is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. For further information, please write to Gateway National Recreation Area, Public Affairs Office, 210 New York Ave., Staten Island, NY 10305, call the park's Visitor Center staff at (718) 338-3799, or visit the park's website.