New England Air Museum
|New England Air Museum|
|Location||Windsor Locks, Connecticut|
|Director||Michael P. Speciale|
The New England Air Museum (NEAM) is an aerospace museum located at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, U.S.A.. The museum consists of three display hangars and has additional storage-only hangars. It houses 66 airplanes, 26 helicopters, a variety of missiles, ejection seats, and other pieces of flight-related equipment. The museum also conducts tours, children's activities, and hosts special events.
Exhibits include the history of Sikorsky Aircraft, computer-based flight simulators, and the 58th Bombardment Wing Memorial's B-29. Additionally, there are exhibits on early French aviation, the Tuskegee Airmen, the Kosciuszko Squadron, and the 57th Fighter Group.
The museum library has books, periodicals, technical manuals and National Air and Space Museum photographs. Additional materials such as photographs, microfilm and movies are cataloged by the Museum.
In 1981, the first current building was built after a tornado destroyed everything at the museum's previous location by Route 75 in 1979. The New England Air Museum has many one-of-a-kind exhibits, including:
- The last remaining Sikorksky VS-44A "flying boat".
- The Silas Brooks Balloon Basket, the oldest surviving aircraft in the U.S.
- The Sikorsky S-39, the oldest surviving Sikorsky aircraft.
- A Kaman K-225 helicopter, the oldest surviving Kaman-built aircraft.
- The only Burnelli CBY-3 Loadmaster ever built, which is under restoration in the Museum's workshops.
The mission of the New England Air Museum is "committed to presenting the story of aviation, the human genius that made it possible and the profound effects that it has had on the way in which we live".
Aircraft on Exhibit (partial list)
As of 2013[update], the permanent collection includes:
- Aeronca 50 Chief
- Bell UH-1B Iroquois
- Bensen B-8M Gyro-Copter
- Bleriot XI
- Boeing B-29A Superfortress 44-61975 - Jack’s Hack
- Burnelli CBY-3 Loadmaster CF-BEL-X
- Chance-Vought XF4U-4 Corsair 80759 (the official state airplane of Connecticut)
- CM-5 airship engine nacelle
- Curtiss Model D replica
- de Havilland C-7 Caribou
- de Havilland U-6A Beaver
- Doman LZ-5
- Douglas A-3 Skywarrior
- Douglas A-26C Invader 43-22499 Reida Rae
- Douglas A4D-1 Skyhawk
- Douglas DC-3
- Douglas F4D Skyray
- Fokker Dr.I replica
- Gee Bee Model R replica
- Goodyear ZNP-K blimp control car
- Great Lakes 2T-1A replica
- Grumman E-1 Tracer
- Grumman F-14B Tomcat
- Grumman FM-2 Wildcat
- Grumman F6F Hellcat 79192
- Grumman HU-16 Albatross
- Gyrodyne QH-50C DASH
- Gyrodyne XRON-1 Rotorcycle
- Heath Parasol
- Hiller OH-23G Raven
- Kaman K-16B - Experimental VTOL based off the Grumman Goose
- Kaman K-225
- Kaman SH-2F Seasprite
- Laird Solution - Only aircraft built.
- Lazor-Rautenstrauch LR-1A
- Lockheed TV-2 Shooting Star
- Lockheed Model 10 Electra 1052
- Lockheed F-104C Starfighter
- Marcoux-Bromberg R-3 Special
- Martin RB-57A Canberra 52-1488
- McDonnell Douglas F-4D Phantom II
- Mead Primary Glider replica
- Monnett Monerai S
- Nike Ajax missile
- North American P-51 Mustang 44-72400
- North American F-86F Sabre
- North American F-100A Super Sabre 52-5761
- Northrop F-89 Scorpion 52-1896
- Pioneer Flightstar MC
- Piper J-3 Cub
- Pratt-Read LNE-1
- Republic P-47D Thunderbolt
- Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II
- Republic RC-3 Seabee
- Rutan VariEze
- Rutan Quickie
- Ryan PT-22A Recruit
- Sikorsky CH-54B Tarhe 69-18465
- Sikorsky HH-52A Seaguard
- Sikorsky LH-34D Seabat
- Sikorsky R-4B
- Sikorsky R-6
- Sikorsky S-16
- Sikorsky S-39
- Sikorsky S-51
- Sikorsky S-59
- Sikorsky VS-44 "Excambian" flying boat
- Stearman PT-17 Kaydet
- Stinson Model 10A Voyager
- Ultralight Products Mosquito 166
- Waco YKC-S
- Ogden 1986. p. 134.
- "The Museum's History." New England Air Museum. Retrieved: August 4, 2013.
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