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Open Cockpit & The Search for Amelia Earhart
On Sunday, June 15, the Museum have an Open Cockpit Day and will also host the renowned aviation archaeologist Ric Gillespie who will make two presentations, at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., titled “The Search for Amelia Earhart.”
Amelia Earhart went missing over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 while attempting a round-the-world flight in her Lockheed 10-A Electra aircraft.
Since 1988, Ric Gillespie has been attempting to solve the mystery of her disappearance. After 25 years and 10 research expeditions, he has concluded that Earhart probably went down over Gardner Island (now Nikumaroro), an uninhabited atoll 350 miles away from her intended destination of Howland Island. In his talk, Mr. Gillespie will point out features on the Air Museum’s Lockheed Electra 10-A aircraft which has proved to be extremely valuable to him in his research.
Mr. Gillespie has been featured in numerous television documentaries including 2012 and 2013 specials on the Discovery Channel.
You can learn more about Mr. Gillespie, The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, and his search for Amelia Earhart here.
This a rescheduled event from March 16 when weather did not allow Mr. Gillespie to fly into Windsor Locks.
Also on that day visitors will be permitted to climb into the cockpits of up to twelve vintage airplanes including two supersonic jet fighters, the Vietnam era Huey helicopter, the WWII P-47 Thunderbolt, and more.
There also will be hands on activities for the enjoyment of the younger visitors during the event. For the convenience of all, a food vendor will be on site serving sandwiches, snacks and hot & cold drinks. The event will be held inside the Museum’s three large, heated display hangars.
The Open Cockpit program runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with the Museum and gift shop staying open until 5:00 p.m. Sneakers or rubber-soled shoes are recommended.