71 Clinton Road
House Type/Style: The Curtiss
Engineering Corporation Building
Year built: 1918
Current owner: Nassau BOCES
--Sperry Gyroscope, circa 1947
Original exterior: Brick
--Home of Long Island's first
experimental airplane factory.
--Curtiss Engineering was the world's first facility completely dedicated to aviation research and development.
--Prototype aircraft were built and tested at facility, which was equipped with the nation's longest wind tunnel.
--Curtiss' work resulted in the first airplane to cross the Atlantic, the NC-4 built in 1919.
--In 1920, Curtiss tested his planes on the west end of Roosevelt Airfield, now Roosevelt Field Mall.
--The Curtiss smoke stack from the original 1929 plant has survived with the name "Curtiss" faintly visible, and over the main entrance of the building, the name "Curtiss Engineering Corporation" remains.
Date filed: September 2005
File Number: 0006NR