I recently visited the fabulous Cradle of Aviation Air & Space Museum in Garden City, New York. Apart from being a top notch aircraft museum, the Cradle places a strong emphasis on showcasing Long Island’s rich aviation history. Here are photographs of a few of my favorite exhibits:
Here is a glorious Grumman F11 Tiger in Blue Angels livery.
This is a Grumman F9F Cougar with swept wings. The incorporation of wartime German aerospace research allowed post-war American engineers to place redesigned wings on the originally straight-winged Cougar.
The 70 mm Hasselblad camera was used by Apollo astronauts to take pictures on the moon.
A Republic F84 Thunderjet. It was no match for the MiG-15 in combat over Korea, but it performed well as a fighter-bomber. Note the straight wings. Swept wings were just becoming standard on new jet fighters at this time.
Marc De Santis