There is nothing like a good vintage aerial to document roads, buildings and bridges. These are several of my favorite aerials taken over Roosevelt Field and Roosevelt Raceway from 1924 to 1938:
The Motor Parkway was highlighted in this 1924 aerial with a dotted yellow line. Fourteen years after the last Vanderbilt Cup Race was held on Long Island, the temporary road built to connect Ellison Road with the Motor Parkway was still visible.
The dirt runway and path used in 1927 by Charles Lindbergh for his historic flight can be seen in this aerial looking west. This location would later become the site for Roosevelt Raceway and the 1936 and 1937 Vanderbilt Cup Races. Note the hangars of Roosevelt Field on the right.
Keystone B-5 bombers seen flying over Roosevelt Field and headed toward the Motor Parkway. The Keystone B-5s were the frontline bombers for the United States from 1930 to 1934. They remained in service until the early 1940s serving primarily as observation aircraft. (Courtesy of the Cradle of Aviation Museum.)
This view of Roosevelt Raceway looking east was photographed during the running of 1936 Vanderbilt Cup Race. The course was four miles long with 16 turns.
This aerial of Roosevelt Raceway looking north-east was taken after the 1937 Vanderbilt Cup Race (the last of the George Vanderbilt series). The lower left corner of the aerial is highlighted below.
A bit of treasure for Motor Parkway fans...a lodge entrance, the Meadow Brook Lodge, a Motor Parkway bridge and a section of the Vanderbilt Cup Race courses.
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