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The Museum will be OPEN on Monday, July 4, 2016

New Air Museum TV Commercial

See NEAM's new 30 second commercial that combines stunning images and carefully chosen words to convey the excitement of a visit to New England's largest air museum. It will air on the Frontier cable network during Shark week, June 23 through July 1st.

You can view the commercial here.

Added June 23, 2016


Soar Into Summer at the New England Air Museum

This summer, take to the skies and let your imagination soar at the New England Air Museum! Beginning on Sunday, June 26, the Museum will be offering eight weeks of daily activities for children, families and aviators of all ages. Activities will include Open Cockpit Experiences in real aircraft; weekly Build & Fly Challenges including Parachute Drop, Kites in Flight, and Straw Rockets; interactive Flight Science demonstrations; virtual flight simulators, and much more! Go here for more details.

Added June 17, 2016


The Virtual Flight Center is Cleared for Takeoff!

The Virtual Flight Center has moved to it new home in the Military Hangar and is ready for pilots to take flight. Beginning June 19, the VFC will provide visitors with a high tech flight simulation experience. Summer hours of operation are Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. The half hour flight lesson is $5.00 per person ages 10 and older, and Museum members fly free of charge.

Added June 17, 2016


Memorial Middle School in Middlebury, CT Awards

The New England Air Museum’s Director of Education Amanda Goodheart Parks recently visited Memorial Middle School in Middlebury, CT to award seven students with the Excellence in Aerospace History award in recognition of their outstanding achievement in the study of aerospace history. These students participated in the Connecticut National History Day state competition in April, and were awarded the NEAM Excellence in Aerospace Award for their work on two projects; a website about the Flying Tigers and a Sally Ride documentary. Both groups interviewed NEAM volunteers as part of their research, and the Sally Ride documentary group will be representing the state of Connecticut at the National History Day national competition in Washington, D.C. The New England Air Museum is committed to presenting the story of aviation, the human genius that made it possible, and the profound effects it has had on the way we live through the Excellence in Aerospace History award and support of important programs such as Connecticut History Day.

Added June 13, 2016


Glidden Sweet Doman

We at the New England Air Museum are saddened to note the recent passing away of Glidden Sweet Doman. Mr. Doman was a true pioneer in the helicopter industry. He began his career with the Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation during WWII, testing and adjusting all their helicopter rotor blades before delivery, to enable the helicopters to fly properly. After the War he then ventured out on his own as founder and President of Doman Helicopters for 24 years in Danbury, CT. At Doman Helicopters, he developed a sealed rigid, hingeless rotor system. He later worked for Boeing Helicopters and then worked for United Technologies / Hamilton Standard Division for nine years, in Windsor Locks, CT, developing very large wind turbines. This was not only his career but his passion, so even in his later years he continued to work, designing wind turbines for Aeritalia in Rome, Italy, and then founded another wind turbine business in 2003, Gamma Ventures, which he was president of until he passed away. Glidden was a founding member of the American Helicopter Society.

The Museum is proud to have a Sikorsky test helicopter with his hingeless rotor system and the only remaining Doman LZ-5 helicopter.

Mr. Doman will be laid to rest in Elbridge, NY. It has been requested by the Doman family that donations in his memory can be made to the New England Air Museum. His obiturary can be found here.

Added June 9, 2016


Burnelli CBY-3 "Loadmaster" Restoration Update

The June, 2016 update on the progress of the Burnelli CBY-3 from restoration crew chief, Harry Newman is now available and can be viewed here.

On June 2nd we were honored to host Vincent Burnelli's daughter, Barbara Adams, and other family members at the Museum. They are pictured here in front of the CBY-3 along with Crew Chief Harry Newman.

Updated June 8, 2016


Schedule of 2016-2017 Scout Overnights Announced

Bring your scout troop to the Museum for an overnight adventure. Overnight activities include climb-aboard Open Cockpit Experiences, in real aircraft, hands-on Build & Fly challenges, interactive Flight Science Demonstrations, Aircraft Quests, and more!

Click here for the 2016-2017 schedule, and information and how to register.
Added May 9, 2016

2016 Museum Membership Trips

The Museum has some interesting and fun trips planned for this year. They include two day trips to the Cradle of Aviation in East Garden City, Long Island, NY, and the Collings Foundation in Stow, MA.

There is also a six day trip to Seattle, WA where we will visit the Museum of Flight, the Future of Flight Aviation Center and tour the Boeing factory. There is also time to explore the exciting city of Seattle.

Click here to find out about all of these trips and how to register. The Museum trips are always popular so sign up early and don't be left out!

Added February 26, 2016


New England Air Museum Receives Major State Support

On January 29, 2016 the Connecticut State Bond Commission approved $985,000 in funding to be used by the New England Air Museum for a number of projects that will enhance the visitor experience and make NEAM an even more dynamic and relevant destination.
The funds will be used to support several projects which include: Two mezzanines which will give visitors an elevated view of our aircraft; major enhancements to the museum’s exhibits; doubling the museum’s classroom space; expanding the paved parking area and the creation of a new entry drive; improvements to the facility’s HVAC system, and a new attached storage facility to support artifacts, exhibits and archives.

“This funding represents tremendous momentum for the Museum,” observes executive director Jerry Roberts, “In addition to Governor Malloy we want to thank State Representatives Betty Boukus and Peggy Sayers who were instrumental in securing the funds and especially our own board member, retired state senator Con O’Leary. We could not have done this without his dedication and persistence.”
You can read the Hartford Courant article on the funding here.
Added February 18, 2016

Extreme Paper Airplanes with Museum Executive Director Jerry Roberts

Recently Museum Executive Director Jerry Roberts was on WTNH News8 for a segment on Extreme Paper Airplanes with the New England Air Museum. You can see a tape of it here along with an article on the activities the Museum offered during recent the holiday break.
Added December 27, 2015

New Museum 360 Degree Panoramas Views

Six new "virtual" 360 degree panorama views are now available and include:
the Sikorsky CH-54B being prepped for its move into Restoration
the Goodyear Blimp Control Car,
Jack's Hack B-29A,
a view of the Civil Hangar from a balloon gondola,
the Kaman K-225 helicopter,
the cockpit of the newly restored P-51D Racer.
These panorams were taken by Museum member John Wood and can be viewed from links that can be found here.
Added December 11, 2015

Douglas DC-3 Restoration 1st Quarter 2016 Update

Find out about the DC-3's restoration team efforts for the 1st quarter of 2016 here. You can find out more on the background and restoration history here.

Updated May 13, 2016


What's New In The Library?

New library research procedures and terms have been announced. Please visit the John Ramsay Research Library page for details on the procedures and terms.
Updated March 17, 2016

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