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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Defense.gov -- Fri, 23 Sep 2016 Airmen Participate in Air Assault Training ( DOD Photo Essay) Airmen participate in an air assault training operation at Fort Drum, N.Y., Sept. 10, 2016. Photos by Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Ryan Campbell
WHAM -- Thu, 22 Sep 2016 65 businesses look to 'hire our heroes' at job fair Gates, N.Y. - Getting back into the workforce after serving our country can be difficult. A Hiring our Heroes job fair, hosted by the National Guard, looked to alleviate those challenges Thursday.
News 10 ABC -- Tue, 20 Sep 2016 Governor Cuomo directs police and National Guard to deploy additional 1,000 ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) - Governor Andrew Cuomo directed the State Police and National Guard on Sunday to deploy an additional 1,000 officers to high-profile locations across New York.