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“ . . . 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" is the mission of New England Air Museum.

In Windsor Locks Connecticut next to Bradley International Airport an aerospace museum, New England Air Museum stands. Three hangers hold a wealth of over 66 vintage and modern aircraft, 26 helicopters, exhibits and memorabilia. There are a variety of missiles, ejection seats and other flight related equipment. The centerpiece is a restored Boeing B-29 Superfortress. An aircraft restoration program is ongoing with recent work on a Boeing B-29 Superfortress, Gee Bee Model R and a Lockheed 10 Electra.

Exhibits tell the story how men and women built, flew and made history through air power. They reveal histories of Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky Aircraft, the Lafayette Escadrille, AVG Flying Tigers, and the Tuskegee Airmen.

Tours are conducted with special events and children’s activities. There are hands on exhibits, pedal pusher airplanes and computer flight simulators for kids. Flight SimCon 2014 flight simulation conference will be held in the facility in June 2014.

The Special event of ‘Open Cockpit Sunday‘ welcomes visitors to climb into the cockpits of 10 vintage planes and helicopters. Imagine yourself sitting in the cockpits of a Republic P-47D Thunderbolt, Lockheed F-104C Starfighter, North American F-100A Super Sabre 52-5761. They are displayed within a heated hanger with snacks and cold drinks available. Tours are conducted from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on selected dates.

A small dining area has snack vending machines. “Wings “N” Things” gift shop sells pins, patches, models, books, and other merchandise that are sure to please.

Address
36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks Conn.
Museum Hours
Daily 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Closed major holidays
Admission Fee
Adults $12
Seniors $11
Children 4-11 $6.50
3 and under free

Windsor Locks is a Connecticut town 14 miles north of Hartford with a population 12,498. The town is south of Enfield Falls on the Connecticut River. It is beside the Connecticut River named for a set of canal locks that opened in 1829.

New England Air Museum was organized in 1959 but a tornado destroyed the original museum with a new building built in 1981.

Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks Connecticut is halfway between Hartford and Springfield. It is the busiest in the state and second busiest to Boston’s Logan International Airport. The airport covers 2,432 acres at 173’ elevation with three asphalt runways.

New England Air Museum is a 5 hour drive of 316 miles from Rochester NY. Drive east on I-90 Thruway into Massachusetts to Springfield exiting south at US 91. Nearing Windsor Locks follow signs to Bradley International Airport, then to New England Air Museum.

Here a review of the air museum:
“It's not the Smithsonian (what else is?), but for a regional museum this is about as good as it gets.”

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