BAP Hangars & Maintenance Shop

In this series, you will find pictures of the hangars and maintenance shop at Buffalo Airpark in chronological order, separated by individual pages per hangar. Again, if you have anything to share or would like to comment on, please do so. Enjoy!

An aerial photo of the Gardenville Airport in 1944.
The horse stable/maintenance shop/storage building is on the right, and the remnants of Tony’s first hangar destroyed by a fire in February 1943, center-left. The new Quonset hangar is on the left, completed the same year as this photo, 1944. Clinton Street is in the foreground.

Horse Stable

The horse stable is one of the first buildings that my father, Tony, built after purchasing the property in 1939. He salvaged what he could from the small barn next to the farmhouse and constructed a much bigger stable further East of his Gardenville Airport Operations building. It was his first maintenance shop with room to store a few airplanes. His shop was on the South end, and the horse stall was on the North end with room in the middle for storage.

The horse stable at the Gardenville Airport with a horse grazing.
I’m not sure if this photo shows doors open on each side or if the building is currently under construction.
The horse stable at the Gardenville Airport with a horse looking at the camera.
Look who’s coming to say hello.
Tony Riccio's maintenance shop in the South end of the horse stable at the Gardenville Airport during the winter season.
Tony set up the South end of the building as his maintenance shop with electricity, an oil-burning furnace for heat, a couple of multi-paned windows, and a service entry door. The rolling shop door is on the East side. Check out that vast snowdrift!

1 Comment

  1. Holy cow Bill! Now that we’re finally adults we can better appreciate the works of your dad. Talk about a strong spirit!

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