Bayport Aerodrome is an exciting place

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Have you ever been to the Bayport Aerodrome? One interesting fact about the Bayport Aerodrome Society is that Bob Fritts, a World War II veteran, is part of it. Bob was born in 1926 and was inspired to fly while living next to a U.S. Navy airfield in Panama. He earned two battle stars during World War II, one in Okinawa, Japan. He learned to fly at Zahn's Airport in Amityville.

Another person we met was Mario "Yogi" Barra. He told us about the 1929 Curtis Robins, which was a record holder for flying for 171/2 days (420 hours) without landing. It won first prize in the 1978 Oshkosh Air Show in Oshkosh, Wis.

The Bayport Aerodrome dates back to the 1940s. It used to be a cornfield. There is a checkerboard hangar in the back field. The aerodrome currently houses 45 planes in 24 hangars. In one hangar, there's a flight simulator used to train World War II pilots.

The aerodrome is at 600 Third Ave., Bayport; call 631-467-3300 or go online, bayportaerodrome.org

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