New England Air Museum

The New England Air Museum (NEAM) is an American aerospace museum located adjacent to Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. The museum consists of three display hangars with additional storage and restoration hangars. Its collections include aircraft ranging from early flying machines to supersonic jets, as well as engines, and other pieces of flight-related equipment. Significant aircraft include the Silas Brooks balloon basket - the oldest surviving American-built aircraft, the Sikorsky VS-44A - the sole remaining American-built commercial trans-oceanic four-engine flying boat, the Goodyear ZNPK-28 Blimp Control Car - one of only two surviving K-class control cars in the world.

New England Air Museum
New England Air Museum Logo.png
New England Air Museum is located in Connecticut
New England Air Museum
Windsor Locks, Connecticut, USA
Established1959 (1959)
LocationWindsor Locks, Connecticut
Coordinates41°56′50″N 72°41′29″W / 41.947147°N 72.691501°W / 41.947147; -72.691501
TypeAviation Aviation museum
Founder
  • Robert Beh[1]
  • Frank Greene[1]
  • Harvey Lippincott[2]
  • Vernon Muse[1]
Executive DirectorStephanie Abrams
PresidentRobert Stangarone
CuratorNicholas Hurley
Websitehttp://www.neam.org/

The museum library has approximately 6,000 aviation books, approximately 20,000 periodicals, approximately 10,000 technical manuals, approximately 21,000 photographs, nearly 8,000 slides, over 200 pieces of artwork, over 1,200 prints, and approximately 500 engineering drawing and blueprints.[3][failed verification]

The mission of the New England Air Museum is to present 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.[4]

HistoryEdit

The museum began when a group of Pratt & Whitney employees formed the Connecticut Aeronautical Historical Association to save a biplane built by Louis Bancroft. While the airplane would later be destroyed in a fire, the group continued.[5] The first display building, an inflatable dome, was erected in 1967.[6]

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.[7]

The museum was renovated in 2017 with the addition of a mezzanine in two of the hangars to provide views of the aircraft from above. At the same time, a new heating and air conditioning system and LED lighting were installed.[8][9]

ExhibitsEdit

 
The main exhibition hangar

Exhibits include the history of Sikorsky Aircraft, computer-based flight simulators, and the 58th Bombardment Wing Memorial with the centerpiece being a restored B-29A. Additionally, there are exhibits on early French aviation, the Tuskegee Airmen, the Kosciuszko Squadron, and the 57th Fighter Group.

Aircraft on displayEdit

 
B-29 Superfortress

Under restorationEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "The Beginnings of the Connecticut Aeronautical Historical Association, 1960". New England Air Museum. Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Harvey Lippincott". New England Air Museum. Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  3. ^ "John W. Ramsay Research Library at the New England Air Museum". Connecticut Library Treasures. 11 April 2008. Retrieved 10 January 2022.
  4. ^ "The Museum's Mission". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  5. ^ "Loss of Plane Setback for Air History Group" (PDF). Manchester Evening Herald. 18 May 1960. p. 16. Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  6. ^ "CAHA and the Bradley Air Museum, 1960". New England Air Museum. Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  7. ^ "Capital Development at NEAM". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  8. ^ Grady, Mary (May 16, 2017). "New England Air Museum Gets An Upgrade". AVweb. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  9. ^ Schmidt, Christine (14 September 2017). "With $2 Million Renovation, the New England Air Museum Entices New Visitors". Hartford Courant. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Aerovelo Atlas". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  11. ^ "Bell AH-1S 'TOWCOBRA'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  12. ^ "Bell UH-1B 'Iroquois' (Huey)". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  13. ^ "Blériot XI". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  14. ^ "Boeing B-29A 'Superfortress'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  15. ^ a b c d e "Restoration Program". New England Air Museum. Retrieved 6 October 2020.
  16. ^ "Chanute Herring Glider Replica". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  17. ^ "Vought XF4U-4 'Corsair'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  18. ^ "Bunce Homebuilt Replica of a Curtiss Pusher". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  19. ^ "de Havilland C-7A (DHC-4) 'Caribou'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  20. ^ "Doman LZ-5 (YH-31)". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  21. ^ "Douglas A-3B 'Skywarrior'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  22. ^ "Douglas A-26C 'Invader'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  23. ^ "Douglas DC-3". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  24. ^ "Goodyear ZNPK-28 Blimp Control Car". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  25. ^ "Granville Brothers R-1 Supersportster Replica". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  26. ^ "Grumman E-1B (WF-2) 'Tracer'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  27. ^ "Grumman/Eastern FM-2 'Wildcat'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  28. ^ "Grumman F6F-5K 'Hellcat'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  29. ^ "Grumman HU-16E 'Albatross'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  30. ^ "Heath LNB-4 'Parasol'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  31. ^ "Kaman HH-43F 'Huskie'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  32. ^ "Kaman K-16B". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  33. ^ "Kaman K-225". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  34. ^ "Kaman SH-2F 'Seasprite'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  35. ^ "Laird LC-DW 300 'Solution'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  36. ^ "Lazor-Rautenstrauch LR-1A 'Nick's Special'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  37. ^ "Lockheed 10-A 'Electra'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  38. ^ Scott, Phil (September 2004). "Lockheed Electra 10A". Air & Space. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  39. ^ "Lockheed F-104C 'Starfighter'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  40. ^ "Marcoux-Bromberg R-3 'Special'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  41. ^ "Martin RB-57A 'Canberra'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 26 February 2020.
  42. ^ "McDonnell Douglas F-4D 'Phantom II'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  43. ^ "Nixon Special". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  44. ^ "North American B-25H 'Mitchell'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  45. ^ "North American F-100A 'Super Sabre'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  46. ^ "North American P-51D Racer". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  47. ^ "Northrop F-89J 'Scorpion'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  48. ^ "Pioneer Flightstar MC". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  49. ^ "Pratt-Reed LNE-1". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  50. ^ "Republic P-47D 'Thunderbolt'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  51. ^ "Republic RC-3 'Seabee'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  52. ^ "Rutan Quickie". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  53. ^ "Sikorsky R-4B (S-47) 'Hoverfly'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  54. ^ "Sikorsky R-6 Doman Conversion (LZ-1A)". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  55. ^ "Sikorsky S-39B 'Jungle Gym'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  56. ^ "Sikorsky S-51 (H-5A) 'Executive Transport'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  57. ^ "Sikorsky S-59 / XH-39". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  58. ^ "Sikorsky HH-52A (S-62A) 'Seaguard'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  59. ^ "Sikorsky CH-54B 'Tarhe' (S-64B 'Skycrane')". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  60. ^ "Sikorsky VS-44A 'Excambian'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  61. ^ "Douglas DC-3". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  62. ^ "Lockheed TV-2 (T-33) 'Shooting Star'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.

BibliographyEdit

External linksEdit