4/7/2009

A Northport, N.Y., pilot who died Sunday when his antique Curtiss P-40N crashed off Long Island is remembered as a leader among enthusiasts of aircraft from the World War II era. Robert Baranaskas owned a collection of the vintage aircraft, which he regularly flew in air shows in an effort to increase awareness of U.S. aviation history. "Bob's generation were the guys who originally started flying warbirds again and got them into great shape," said photographer Seth Goltzer, who worked with Baranaskas. "And he passed it on to his son. That kind of legacy is very important.

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