Dedication of Idlewild Airport : New York City's Golden Jubilee
Saturday, July 31, 1948
This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.
Speeches in honor of the opening of Idlewild Airport and the Golden Anniversary of New York City.
John Melton of the Metropolitan Opera sings the Lord's Prayer.
Discussion of plans for opening sections of the airport up for use.
President Truman discusses the US Air Force, the United Nations, restoring peace worldwide through communication and knowledge, and rebuilding worldwide economies. Also mentions the availability of newspapers from different countries and the impact of airplane technology (as airplanes fly overhead).
After a close by WNYC announcer, Tommy Cowan talks about aviation in New York City and then introduces Grover Whalen, who talks about WNYC, the consolidation of New York City, the possibility and reality of accidents at the airfield.
Sounds of the air show throughout (could be good for sound effects).
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 68675
Municipal archives id: LT73