Francis S. Gabreski Airpot is a general aviation airport in Southampton. Its 9,000 foot long runway is one of the longest on Long Island. Originally it was home to a Civil Air Patrol Squadron during World War II but was demobilized in 1946 but was reactivated in 1950 where it was the home of an Air Force fighter/inceptor squadron to protect the Eastern Seaboard against enemy aerial attacks. It was once again deactivated in 1969. Gabreski Airport encompasses 88 acres and consists of 34 buildings. It can accommodate aircrafts of any size and is utilized by corporations, businesses, private aviation and air taxi services. The New York Air National Guard 106th Rescue Group is based at Gabreski Airport and operates Black Hawk helicopters to perform aerial search and rescue services. The Air National Guard has been deploying aircrafts to combat illegal dumping in the Pine Barrens Core and other environmentally sensitive areas.