Mitchel AFB, Long Island (abandoned)

Mitchel AFB, Long Island (abandoned)


Hempstead, New York (NY), US
Mitchel AFB was first established in 1917 as the glamourously named "Aviation Field No. 2". It soon was renamed Mitchel Field and became the base of New York City's air defence during the wars. After World War II, Mitchel AFB was also used as a test field by various manufacturers of defence aviation equipment.

In April 1961 flying was halted and the unit reassigned to McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey. With the reassignment of the 514th, Mitchel AFB was subsequently closed on 25 June 1961. The property was turned over to Nassau County.

The former base is home to Hofstra University, Nassau Community College, and Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The main runway, however, can still be seen in the northeast and southwest corner of this image.
Mitchel AFB was first established in 1917 as the glamourously named "Aviation Field No. 2". It soon was renamed Mitchel Field and became the base of New York City's air defence during the wars. After World War II, Mitchel AFB was also used as a test field by various manufacturers of defence aviation equipment.

In April 1961 flying was halted and the unit reassigned to McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey. With the reassignment of the 514th, Mitchel AFB was subsequently closed on 25 June 1961. The property was turned over to Nassau County.

The former base is home to Hofstra University, Nassau Community College, and Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The main runway, however, can still be seen in the northeast and southwest corner of this image.
View in Google Earth Abandoned, Military - Air Ports
Links: en.wikipedia.org
By: charlene

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@ 2016-01-12 13:23:03
GREAT DUTY.I WAS ABLE TO SPEND A 3 DAY WEEKEND IN THE CITY FOR ONLY 5 BUCKS
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@ 2017-05-21 10:28:51
That was not a p-47 that crashed into Hofstra college building, It was a C-47 transport plane. I remember seeing it stuck in the side of the building. Don Clarke former Oceanside resident
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@ 2017-05-21 11:12:40
Text of description has been updated. Research indicates Mitchell AFB was closed due to public outcry regarding multiple crashes over a time. The P-47 crash was actually in 1943.

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