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Below, a great juxtaposition from page 143 of Dade & Strnad. The top image is of North Beach Airport circa 1931. A large Dornier DO-X can be seen near bottom center. Interestingly, page reviewer Dan Cahill states, "North Beach was where the DO-X was re-engined with Curtiss 'Conquerors' ... (not that it helped much)."

North Beach Airport, 1931
North Beach Airport, 1931


Popular Aviation, April, 1940 (Source: PA)



North Beach occupied about 1/8 of what is now La Guardia International: the northwest corner. This can be imagined in the second image, below, of La Guardia Airport taken in 1985. Landfilling has completely reshaped the area. No trace of the North Beach Airport remains.

In April, 1940, Popular Aviation (PA) magazine published the brief summary at right. The 558 acres devoted to the airport back then was substantial; today it's immense, considering the bustling urban area served by the airport.



North Beach-La Guardia, 1985
North Beach-La Guardia, 1985

Only one Davis-Monthan Register pilot identified North Beach as his home base. A.W. Gorton landed at Tucson Tuesday, August 29, 1933 at 3:10PM. He carried two passengers, Mr. & Mrs. A. H. Kudner. They were in Ford NC8400. This airplane may still be in existence. They were eastbound from Glendale, CA to El Paso, TX (and probably eastward to North Beach). Gorton noted in the remarks column of the Register, "L.A. - New York." Another landing recorded in the Pitcairn Field Register was made by the Waco NC2284. Please direct your browser to the links for further information.


THIS PAGE UPLOADED: 11/04/08 REVISED: 08/21/12, 11/19/16

The Register

Forty-two Register pilots identified the New York area as their Home Base. One specifically cited North Beach.

The old North Beach land is now part of New York's LaGuardia International Airport.

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