In this painting from the National Guard historical series, members of the 1st Aero Company, New York National Guard, return from the first mass flight--12 JN-4"Jenny" aircraft-- in U.S. history from Mineola, Long Island to Princeton, N.J. and back, that was conducted Nov. 18-19, 1916.
The descendants of the 1st Aero Company, the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing, is based on Long Island today, flying air rescue missions out of Francis Gabreski Airport; the oldest Air National Guard unit in the United States.
The 1st Aero Company was organized as an Signal Corps observation balloon company by the New York National Guard on 30 April, 1908.
One hundred soldiers gathered in the 71st Regiment Armory in New York City eventually formed the company, which in 1915 switched from balloons to airplanes.
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Newsday -- Tue, 23 May 2017 On an April night the members of the 106th Rescue Wing saved lives On April 24, 2017, the U.S. Coast Guard got a distress call that the Tamar, a 635-foot long bulk cargo ship, had an explosion in a storeroom. The 106th Rescue Wing based out of Westhampton... (more)
Slovenian Press Agency -- Mon, 22 May 2017 Pahor decorates US soldiers for rescue mission on Slovenian ship (Photo) New York, 21 May - Slovenian President Borut Pahor decorated in New York on Sunday the US soldiers who took part in a rescue operation following an explosion on board a cargo ship operated... (more)
Associated Press -- Mon, 22 May 2017 NY-based Air Guard unit flying annual missions to Greenland SCOTIA, N.Y. - The upstate New York-based Air National Guard unit that flies annual missions to the South Pole is in the midst of its latest effort to support researchers in Greenland.