New England Air Museum

The New England Air Museum (NEAM) is an aerospace museum located adjacent to Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, U.S.A.. The museum consists of three display hangars with additional storage and restoration hangars. It's 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
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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
Executive DirectorDebbie Reed
PresidentScott E. Ashton
CuratorNicholas Hurley
Websitehttp://www.neam.org/

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.

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.

HistoryEdit

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.[1]

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.[2] The renovations were unveiled on 13 September 2017.[3]

MissionEdit

 
Main exhibition hall panorama of the NEAM.
 
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".[4]

Aircraft on displayEdit

Under restorationEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Capital Development at NEAM". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  2. ^ Grady, Mary (May 16, 2017). "New England Air Museum Gets An Upgrade". AVweb. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  3. ^ Schmidt, Christine (14 September 2017). "With $2 Million Renovation, the New England Air Museum Entices New Visitors". Hartford Courant. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  4. ^ "The Museum's Mission". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  5. ^ "Aerovelo Atlas". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  6. ^ "Bell AH-1S 'TOWCOBRA'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  7. ^ "Bell UH-1B 'Iroquois' (Huey)". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  8. ^ "Blériot XI". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  9. ^ "Boeing B-29A 'Superfortress'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  10. ^ "Chanute Herring Glider Replica". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  11. ^ "Vought XF4U-4 'Corsair'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  12. ^ "Bunce Homebuilt Replica of a Curtiss Pusher". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  13. ^ "de Havilland C-7A (DHC-4) 'Caribou'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  14. ^ "Doman LZ-5 (YH-31)". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  15. ^ "Douglas A-3B 'Skywarrior'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  16. ^ "Douglas A-26C 'Invader'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  17. ^ "Douglas F4D-1 (later F-6) 'Skyray'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  18. ^ "Goodyear ZNPK-28 Blimp Control Car". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  19. ^ "Granville Brothers R-1 Supersportster Replica". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  20. ^ "Grumman E-1B (WF-2) 'Tracer'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  21. ^ "Grumman/Eastern FM-2 'Wildcat'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  22. ^ "Grumman F6F-5K 'Hellcat'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  23. ^ "Grumman HU-16E 'Albatross'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  24. ^ "Heath LNB-4 'Parasol'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  25. ^ "Kaman HH-43F 'Huskie'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  26. ^ "Kaman K-16B". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  27. ^ "Kaman K-225". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  28. ^ "Kaman SH-2F 'Seasprite'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  29. ^ "Laird LC-DW 300 'Solution'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  30. ^ "Lazor-Rautenstrauch LR-1A 'Nick's Special'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  31. ^ "Lockheed TV-2 (T-33) 'Shooting Star'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  32. ^ "Lockheed 10-A 'Electra'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  33. ^ Scott, Phil (September 2004). "Lockheed Electra 10A". Air & Space. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  34. ^ "Lockheed F-104C 'Starfighter'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  35. ^ "Marcoux-Bromberg R-3 'Special'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  36. ^ "Martin RB-57A 'Canberra'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 26 February 2020.
  37. ^ "McDonnell Douglas F-4D 'Phantom II'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  38. ^ "Nixon Special". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  39. ^ "North American B-25H 'Mitchell'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  40. ^ "North American F-100A 'Super Sabre'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  41. ^ "North American P-51D Racer". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  42. ^ "Northrop F-89J 'Scorpion'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  43. ^ "Pioneer Flightstar MC". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  44. ^ "Piper J3-C-65 'Cub'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  45. ^ "Pratt-Reed LNE-1". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  46. ^ "Republic P-47D 'Thunderbolt'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  47. ^ "Republic RC-3 'Seabee'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  48. ^ "Rutan Quickie". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  49. ^ "Sikorsky R-4B (S-47) 'Hoverfly'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  50. ^ "Sikorsky R-6 Doman Conversion (LZ-1A)". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  51. ^ "Sikorsky S-39B 'Jungle Gym'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  52. ^ "Sikorsky S-51 (H-5A) 'Executive Transport'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  53. ^ "Sikorsky LH-34D (S-58) 'Seabat'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  54. ^ "Sikorsky S-59 / XH-39". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  55. ^ "Sikorsky HH-52A (S-62A) 'Seaguard'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  56. ^ "Sikorsky CH-54B 'Tarhe' (S-64B 'Skycrane')". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  57. ^ "Sikorsky VS-44A 'Excambian'". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  58. ^ a b c d "Restoration Program". New England Air Museum. Retrieved 6 October 2020.
  59. ^ "Douglas DC-3". New England Air Museum. New England Air Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2020.

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