Staten Island in Richmond County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
This open space was an airfield. In 1919 the Army purchased the Vanderbilt Farm, removed trees, fences and shrubbery, and laid one sod runway diagonally across the cleared pasture.
The base became part of the New York harbor defense system. Out of the hangar, down a concrete ramp now buried in sand, seaplanes roared off on reconnaissance patrols. Yet, in those toddler days of aviation, Miller Field was more important as an assembly and testing site. Amphibious planes were tested here for the first Pan American flights in 1926 and for Admiral Richard E. Byrd’s exploration of the Antarctic.
In World War II the surveillance (ILLEGIBLE). The current (ILLEGIBLE) the parachute drying tower, a (ILLEGIBLE) station was constructed to (ILLEGIBLE) coastal guns. Bur development of (ILLEGIBLE) armament made Miller Field (obsolete?).
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Parks & Recreational Areas • War, World II.
Location. Marker is unreadable. 40° 34.103′ N, 74° 5.699′ W. Marker is in Staten Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Miller Field, Staten Island NY 10306, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Elm Tree Light (here, next to this marker); 102nd Observation Squadron (a few steps from this marker); New Dorp Beach Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Midland Beach Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); New Dorp WWII Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); Civil Service Memorial (approx. 1.3 miles away); Original Moravian Church (approx. 1.4 miles away); Rose and Crown Tavern (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Staten Island.
More about this marker. The marker is near the Miller Field park headquarters building. Parts of the text are in very poor to unreadable condition.
Also see . . .
1. Miller Field (Staten Island). Wikipedia entry (Submitted on November 14, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields: New York City, Staten Island. Miller Field is one of the entries. (Submitted on November 14, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 14, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 105 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on November 14, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.