New England Air Museum
Special Exhibits

Explore New England's rich and dynamic history in aviation through these unique exhibits located throughout the Museum's three hangars.


Aviation Pioneers Theater


View a spectral imaging show and learn about the many innovations the people of Connecticut have contributed to aviation technology.


Topical Exhibits and Displays

57th Fighter Group WWII Memorial

A tribute to the first aviation unit to be deployed to what is now Bradley International Airport

58th Bomb Wing WWII Memorial

Dedicated to the first unit in WWII to take the B-29 Superfortress into combat

416th Bombardment Group (Light) Memorial

The centerpiece of this Memorial is the A-26 Invader “Reida Rae” which flew 39 combat missions with the 416th in Europe

484th Bombardment Group

Highlighting the story of Museum member Robert D. Powers of New Britain, Conn. who was a waist gunner on one of this group’s B-24 Liberators in combat over Europe

The Airship Era

Tells the story of the great German, British and American airships from 1900 through WWII

Blanchard Balloon Basket Replica

Constructed and flown in 1993 to mark the 200th anniversary of the first manned flight in America made by French aeronaut Jean-Pierre Blanchard in Philadelphia

Silas Brooks Balloon Basket

Built and flown by Plymouth, Connecticut native and aeronaut Silas Brooks in the 1870’s, this is the oldest surviving American built aircraft

Early Flight in France

This exhibit tells the story of how the French pioneered the development of the “aero plane” in Europe beginning in 1908

Kosciuszko Squadron - Defenders of Freedom

A history of this Polish aviation squadron from their founding in 1920 with a special emphasis on their gallantry during the Battle of Britain in WWII

Lafayette Escadrille of WWI

The story of the all-volunteer American aviation group that fought alongside the French prior to the United States’ entry into WWI

Ned C. Rice: Pilot - Engineer - Benefactor

The fascinating story of Ned Rice who served his country as a Naval aviator and then went on to a brilliant career as an aerospace engineer at United Technologies followed by a series of aviation adventures and explorations shared with his wife Janet with whom he flew as a private pilot for many years

Pratt & Whitney - Innovators Who Changed Our World

The inspiring story of how a handful of entrepreneurs and brilliant engineers moved to Connecticut and founded Pratt & Whitney which was to become one the world’s greatest aerospace companies

Igor Sikorsky Memorial Exhibit

A comprehensive tribute to the great aviation pioneer who started his aviation work in Czarist Russia and then in the United States with the development of amphibians and flying boats, culminating with his design and building the world’s first practical helicopter

Silent Wings

An exhibit to honor the glider pilots of WWII who undertook some of the most dangerous and riskiest missions of the war

Wright Brothers

This exhibit tells of their painstaking work with kites and gliders to understand the aerodynamics of flight prior to designing their first airplane. Included in the exhibit are original photographs along with their second oldest surviving aero engine

Video Kiosks

Visit one of our video kiosks located throughout our exhibit hangars for short presentations on:

  • Aerodynamics
  • Aircraft Propulsion
  • Milestones of Flight
  • Restoration of Wright Brothers #17 Engine
  • Tuskegee Airmen
  • Women in Aviation

Flying Tigers Display

One of the finest collections of artifacts and memorabilia of the American Volunteer Group "Flying Tigers" is found at the New England Air Museum. Museum volunteer Tom Pandolfi created this collection, much of which was given to him by original AVG members and their families. Tom and his wife Sandra, then donated the collection to the Museum. In 2003, Tom received a Congressional Special Recognition Award for his work in commemorating this outstanding and unique group of aviators.
Tom frequently does presentations about the AVG Flying Tigers at NEAM (and elsewhere). More information about them can be found at their website at www.flyingtigersavg.com.
This room can also be rented for special events! Click here for more information.

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