Who was Floyd Bennett
FLOYD D. BENNETT
"MONARCH OF THE AIR"
Born at North Caldwell, Warren County: resided with an aunt on   Harrington Hill, Warrensburg, working on her farm.
Attended Warrensburg schools; worked in the woods for a year; took automotive course in Schenectady; worked in Hague and at a garage in Ticonderoga, becoming part owner.
U.S. NAVY :
Enlisted in 1917 and trained as air pilot; served as instructor in air mechanics at Hampton Roads Base, Norfolk, Virgina, during World War I; rated by his superiors as one of the most capable men in the service.
NORTH POLE :
Named by Commander Richard Byrd as second in command for Arctic expedition in May of 1926; Bennett was the pilot for the first flight ever over the North Pole; a broken oil line during the trip threatened to bring failure but was overcome, largely because of Bennett's efforts.
Personally decorated with Congressional Medal of Honor by President Calvin Coolidge for the achievement; given tremendous public ovation upon return to Warren County in June of 1926; airfields in Brooklyn and Warren County were named for him, as was the plane that used on his South Pole flight.
Commander Byrd chose Bennett as second in command for proposed flight to Paris in 1927, but Bennett was injured when the plane fell during a trial; after recuperation and to the time of his death, Bennett had expected to assist Byrd in his historic flight to the South Pole.
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