World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Miller Field (Staten Island, New York)

Article Id: WHEBN0010706224
Reproduction Date:

Title: Miller Field (Staten Island, New York)  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Midland Beach, Staten Island, United States Army Air Service, New Dorp Beach, List of airports in New York, Miller Field, New York Air National Guard, New Dorp High School
Collection:
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

Miller Field (Staten Island, New York)

Miller Army Air Field Historic District
Template:Designation/text
Playing field
Miller Field (Staten Island, New York)
Location New Dorp, Staten Island, New York, New York
Coordinates

40°33′51″N 74°5′44″W / 40.56417°N 74.09556°W / 40.56417; -74.09556Coordinates: 40°33′51″N 74°5′44″W / 40.56417°N 74.09556°W / 40.56417; -74.09556

Built 1919
Architect U.S. Army
Architectural style No Style Listed
Governing body National Park Service
NRHP Reference #

80000362

[1]
Added to NRHP April 11, 1980

Miller Field was a United States Army facility on Staten Island, New York, in New Dorp. It was founded in November 1919 and completed in 1921. It was named after Captain James Ely Miller (1883–1918), commanding officer of the 95th Aero Squadron in the Air Service of the AEF, who died in combat on March 9, 1918 over Rheims in World War I. He was the first United States aviator killed in action while serving with an American military aviation unit. Before World War I Miller had been vice president of the Columbia Trust Company of New York and manager of its Fifth Avenue office who trained at his own expense to earn his pilot's license and Reserve Military Aviator rating with the Governors Island Training Corps in 1916. He was also an organizer, along with Major Raynal Bolling, of the 1st Reserve Aero Squadron, the first unit of what would eventually become the Air Force Reserve Command.

When built, Miller Field was the only coastal defense air station in the eastern United States and was part of the network of fortifications around New York City. It was built on land formerly belonging to the Vanderbilt family.

It had a grass runway (and was the last airport with a grass runway in New York City), ramps for seaplanes, and four hangars for planes. Miller Field was used for antiaircraft fire and training Coast Guard personnel. Miller Field closed as an airbase in 1969.

The Field was the site of the Elm Tree Beacon Light, a lighthouse from the 19th century through 1924 when it was abandoned. The light had replaced a landmark elm tree.

On December 16, 1960 a United Airlines Douglas DC-8 and a Trans World Airlines Lockheed Super Constellation collided just west of the field with the Constellation crashing into the northwest corner of the airport while the DC-8 crashed into Park Slope Brooklyn. 134 were killed. The 1960 New York air disaster was the worst airline disaster to that point.

The Miller Army Air Field Historic District is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

Currently the field is also in use as a local park, with baseball and soccer fields. It hosts the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in the summer. The field is directly east of New Dorp High School.

Miller Field is a part of the Staten Island Unit of the Gateway National Recreation Area, which is managed by the National Park Service.


References

External links

  • Official National Park Service website
  • Historic Miller Field website
  • List of Air Force fields
  • Photos of Miller Field

Template:Protected Areas of New York City


This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 


Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.