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Quonset Hangar

The construction of the Quonset hangar at the Gardenville Airport in August 1944. Tony Riccio, G.B. Baumgarten, and Tony's dog Ivan are standing next to an Interstate S1A F90 airplane.
The newly constructed Quonset hangar with Tony standing next to an Interstate SIA F90, his friend G.B. Baumgarten on the right, and Tony’s dog Ivan, August 1944.
The back side of the above photo that identifies the people and dates the picture.

The Quonset hangar at the Garden Airport, aka Gardenville Aeronautical Corp., as viewed from Clinton Street during the winter season.
The freshly painted South end of the Quonset hangar faces Clinton Street for all to see. I’m guessing the winter of 1944 or January 1945.
A Globe Swift parked in front of the Quonset hangar at Buffalo Airpark.
Tony changes the name from Gardenville Airport to Buffalo Airpark in 1945 and becomes an authorized dealer for the Globe Swift in 1946.
A 1946 Stinson Vultee V-77 is being pushed by three unknown people towards the Quonset hangar at Buffalo Airpark.
A 1946 Stinson Vultee V-77 maneuvered into position for a photoshoot.
A 1946 Stinson Vultee V-77 parked in front of the Quonset hangar at Buffalo Airpark.
A 1946 Stinson Vultee V-77. What a beautiful airplane!
Standing on the tarmac at Buffalo Airpark and looking towards the Quonset hangar and Operations building.
We are looking Southeast towards the Quonset hangar and Operations building while standing on the tarmac.
The Quonset hangar at Buffalo Airpark with a newly painted Cessna logo.
My father, Tony, changes the name for a third time by adding a hyphen to Airpark, the early 1950s.
Tony Riccio at Buffalo Airpark standing on the tarmac while holding a model airplane.
Tony is proudly holding a painted wooden model of a full-size airplane that he designed, hand-built by Richard Payne, my brother Doug’s father.
Tony Riccio's model airplane sitting on the tarmac at Buffalo Airpark with the Quonset hangar in the background.
I recently received this exact model to add to my BAP aviation collection, meticulously restored by my brother Doug. Words alone can’t thank him enough!

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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