Historic Aircraft at Hangar B

Full scale model of Wiley Post's Lockheed Vega "The Winnie Mae"
Full scale replica of Wiley Post's Lockheed Vega, "The Winnie Mae" built by the HARP volunteers.

National Park Service

Hangar B is the home to Floyd Bennett Field's Historic Aircraft Restoration Project (HARP). Visitors who go to the hangar can see dedicated Volunteers-in-Parks working on Gateway's collection of historic aircraft. Many of the volunteers came to the project with decades of experience working on planes, either in the military, the civilian sector, or both. Volunteers in the program range from high school youth to the "young at heart" who are in their 70s and 80s. Their goal is to return these aircraft to nearly original condition. The HARP volunteers have even built a full scale model of Wiley Post's Lockheed Vega, "The Winnie Mae" from scratch.

What makes a visit to Hangar B unique is that visitors can see, hear,and feel what it is like to be in a working airplane hangar. It's easy to imagine that this is 1945 during a visit to Hangar B.

Open to the Public:

  • Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.;
  • Location and directions:
    Hangar B is located in the northern part of Floyd Bennett Field. Visit the Jamaica Bay Directions page for direction.
  • The volunteers and park rangers are available to lead tours of the hangar and planes, and are more than happy to answer any questions. For group tours, please call (718) 338-3799.

Volunteers Needed:
If you are interested in being part of HARP or would like to be help lead tours in Hangar B, contact Daphne Yun, volunteer coordinator, (718) 815-3651 or daphne_yun@nps.gov.


Last updated: March 31, 2020

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