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New York's historic Floyd Bennett Field to become nation's largest urban campground

It's interesting news that Brooklyn will gain a campground after a decision by the National Park Service.

As noted in a story earlier this year, there was pressure to reopen the "ghost airport" to general aviation.

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Heavy-duty haulers travel an abandoned airstrip at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, New York, Tuesday, June 14. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the National Park Service will develop the nation's largest urban campground at Floyd Bennett Field, a former airport used by Amelia Earhart and Howard Hughes.

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In this March 11, 2011 photo, a National Park Service hangar emblazoned with the name Floyd Bennett Field glows orange at sunset at New York City's "ghost airport" in Brooklyn, N.Y. The city is struggling to find space to expand its overloaded airports, but Floyd Bennett Field can't be reactivated permanently because the old airport belongs to the National Park Service.

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18th August 1941: The opening ceremony of the Floyd Bennett Airfield in USA.


In this Sept. 4, 1936 file photo, Amelia Earhart is talking with her husband George Palmer Putnam, right, and friends in New York, before taking off from Brooklyn's Floyd Bennett field for Los Angeles in the Bendix Trophy race. Floyd Bennett Field was built between 1928 and 1931 and quickly became the preferred launching site for record-setting flights by Howard Hughes, Earhart, Wiley Post and other aviation pioneers. The Navy took over the airport in 1941 and most of the airport closed for good in 1971, but the New York Police Department still uses a corner of it as its helicopter base.

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American industrialist, aviator, and film producer Howard Hughes (1905 - 1976) (left) sits in a car with New York Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia (1882 - 1947), who lights a pipe as the car leaves Floyd Bennett Airfield, New York, New York, July 14, 1938. Hughes, who looks very tired and unkempt, had just landed his plane at the field after setting a new speed record for flying around the world (3 days, 9 hours, and 17 minutes--more than four days faster than the old record).