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
Established 1959
Location Windsor Locks, Connecticut
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Type Aviation Aviation Museum
Director Michael P. Speciale
Website http://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.

The museum is also home to FlightSimCon, an annual flight simulation conference, held every June.[2]

History

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 Silas Brooks Balloon Basket, the oldest surviving aircraft in the U.S.
  • 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.

Mission

Main exhibition hall panoramo 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".[3]

Aircraft on exhibit

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

See also

References

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Ogden 1986. p. 134.
  2. "About." FlightSimCon 2015. Retrieved: February 19, 2015.
  3. "The Museum's History." New England Air Museum. Retrieved: August 4, 2013.

Bibliography

  • Hunt, Leslie. Veteran and Vintage Aircraft. New York: Taplinger Publishing Co., Inc., 1971. ISBN 0-8008-7948-1.
  • Ogden, Bob. Great Aircraft Collections of the World. New York: Gallery Books, 1986. ISBN 1-85627-012-2.

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