New England Air Museum

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New England Air Museum
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New England Air Museum is located in Connecticut
New England Air Museum
Windsor Locks, Connecticut, USA
Established1959
LocationWindsor Locks, Connecticut
Coordinates41°56′50″N 72°41′29″W / 41.947147°N 72.691501°W / 41.947147; -72.691501
TypeAviation Aviation museum
Interim DirectorDebbie Reed
PresidentScott E. Ashton
CuratorNick Hurley
Websitehttp://www.neam.org/

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 aircraft, 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.[1]

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.[1]

The museum also restores aircraft on a regular basis, including a Lockheed 10 Electra, a Boeing B-29 Superfortress, and a Gee Bee Model R.

In previous years, the museum was home to FlightSimCon, an annual flight simulation conference.[2] However, it has since moved to the nearby Sheraton Hotel at the airport.[3]

Front of the museum hangar

History[edit]

In 1981, the first current building was built after a tornado destroyed the museum's previous location by Route 75 in 1979. The museum has since added a restoration hangar in 1989, a storage building in 1991, a military hangar in 1992, a 58th Bomb Wing Hangar in 2003, and a storage hangar in 2010.[4] 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.

In 2017 work was begun on major improvements at the museum. The $1.9 million project aims to enhance the visitor experience. The project will create lofty mezzanines in two of the massive aircraft hangars, which will provide vistas over the museum's aircraft collections.[5] The renovations were unveiled on 13 September 2017.[6]

Mission[edit]

Main exhibition hall panorama of the NEAM.
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B-29 Superfortress

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".[7]

Aircraft on display[edit]

As of 2013, the permanent collection includes (but is not limited to):

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ogden 1986. p. 134.
  2. ^ "[Homepage]". FlightSimCon. FlightSimCon. Archived from the original on 19 February 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  3. ^ "[Homepage]". FlightSimCon. FlightSimCon. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Capital Development at NEAM". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  5. ^ Grady, Mary (May 16, 2017). "New England Air Museum Gets An Upgrade". AVweb. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  6. ^ Schmidt, Christine (14 September 2017). "With $2 Million Renovation, the New England Air Museum Entices New Visitors". Hartford Courant. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  7. ^ "The Museum's Mission". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Bell UH-1B 'Iroquois' (Huey)". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Bensen B8M". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  10. ^ "Blériot XI". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  11. ^ "Boeing B-29A 'Superfortress'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  12. ^ "Burnelli CBY-3 Restoration". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  13. ^ "Vought XF4U-4 'Corsair'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  14. ^ "Bunce Homebuilt Replica of a Curtiss Pusher". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  15. ^ "How We Get Our Aircraft". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  16. ^ "de Havilland C-7A (DHC-4) 'Caribou'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  17. ^ "de Havilland U-6A 'Beaver'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  18. ^ "Sikorsky R-6 Doman Conversion (LZ-1A)". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  19. ^ "Doman LZ-5 (YH-31)". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  20. ^ "Douglas A-3B 'Skywarrior'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  21. ^ "Douglas A-26C 'Invader'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  22. ^ "Douglas A4D-1 'Skyhawk'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  23. ^ "DC-3 Restoration Activity - 2014 Review". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  24. ^ "Douglas F4D-1 (later F-6) 'Skyray'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  25. ^ "Fairchild Republic A-10A 'Thunderbolt II'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  26. ^ "Fokker Dr.1 Triplane Replica". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  27. ^ "Granville Brothers R-1 Supersportster Replica". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  28. ^ "Goodyear ZNPK-28 Blimp Control Car". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  29. ^ "Great Lakes 2T-1A 'Sportster' Replica". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  30. ^ "Grumman E-1B (WF-2) 'Tracer'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  31. ^ "Grumman F-14B 'Tomcat'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  32. ^ "Grumman FM-2 'Wildcat'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  33. ^ "Grumman F6F-5K 'Hellcat'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  34. ^ "Grumman HU-16E 'Albatross'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  35. ^ "Gyrodyne QH-50C 'DASH'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  36. ^ "Gyrodyne XRON-1 'Rotorcycle'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  37. ^ "Heath LNB-4 'Parasol'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  38. ^ "Hiller OH-23G 'Raven'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  39. ^ "Kaman HH-43F 'Huskie'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  40. ^ "Kaman K-16B". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  41. ^ "Kaman K-225". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  42. ^ "Kaman SH-2F 'Seasprite'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  43. ^ "Laird LC-DW 300 'Solution'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  44. ^ "Lazor-Rautenstrauch LR-1A 'Nick's Special'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  45. ^ "Lockheed TV-2 (T-33) 'Shooting Star'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  46. ^ "Lockheed 10-A 'Electra'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  47. ^ Scott, Phil (September 2004). "Lockheed Electra 10A". Air & Space. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  48. ^ "Lockheed F-104C 'Starfighter'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  49. ^ "Marcoux-Bromberg R-3 'Special'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  50. ^ "Martin RB-57A 'Canberra'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  51. ^ "McDonnell Douglas F-4D 'Phantom II'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  52. ^ "Mead Primary Glider Replica". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  53. ^ "Monnett Monorai 'S'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  54. ^ "North American P-51D Racer". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  55. ^ "North American F-86F 'Sabre'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  56. ^ "North American F-100A 'Super Sabre'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  57. ^ "Northrop F-89J 'Scorpion'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  58. ^ "Pioneer Flight Star MC". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  59. ^ "Piper J3-C-65 'Cub'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  60. ^ "Pratt-Reed LNE-1". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  61. ^ "Republic P-47D 'Thunderbolt'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  62. ^ "Republic RC-3 'Seabee'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  63. ^ "Rutan VariEze". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  64. ^ "Rutan Quickie". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  65. ^ "Ryan PT-22A 'Recruit'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  66. ^ "Sikorsky CH-54B 'Tarhe' (S-64B 'Skycrane')". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  67. ^ "Sikorsky HH-52A (S-62A) 'Seaguard'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  68. ^ "Sikorsky LH-34D (S-58) 'Seabat'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  69. ^ "Sikorsky R-4B (S-47) 'Hoverfly'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  70. ^ "Sikorsky S-16 Biplane Replica". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  71. ^ "Sikorsky S-39B "Jungle Gym"". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  72. ^ "Sikorsky S-51 (H-5A) 'Executive Transport'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  73. ^ "Sikorsky S-59 / XH-39". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  74. ^ "Sikorsky VS-44A 'Excambian'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  75. ^ "Stearman PT-17 (Model 75) 'Kaydet'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  76. ^ "Stinson 10A 'Voyager'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  77. ^ "Ultralight Products Mosquito 166". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  78. ^ "Waco YKC-S". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.

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