Posts Tagged:aviation

Throwback Thursday: Sweet Dreams and Flying Machines

When this blimp lifted off from Montauk on May 14, 1919, some hoped it would set a record by making a trip across the Atlantic to Ireland, eight years before Charles Lindbergh’s flight to Paris. During World War I the Navy operated a 33-acre air base near what is today’s downtown. Open fields provided a… Read more »

Throwback Thursday – Margaret Potts, Montauk Aviatrix, and her Powderpuff Derby Co-pilot, Viola Gentry, 1961

Viola Gentry and Margaret Potts on their way to the Powderpuff Derby in California, 1961. Michael Potts Collection, Montauk Library Archives. In early 2021, the Montauk Library Archives received a phone call from Patrick Hreachmack in Columbus, Ohio.  Margaret Potts had taught him how to fly when he was a teenager living in Montauk (Hreachmack’s father… Read more »