New England Air Museum
Press Releases

October 2012


Santa Claus, Elf and Frosty to Visit the New England Air Museum; Behind-the-Scenes Tours Set for Day After Thanksgiving
On Friday, November 23, the day after Thanksgiving, Santa's Workshop comes to the New England Air Museum! Santa, his favorite Christmas elf, and Frosty the Snowman will meet with and pose for photos with children between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Elf will also be making balloon animals, cotton candy, and Santa will have a gift for each child.

On this day the Museum will also be conducting 'Behind-the-Scenes' tours which will give visitors the opportunity to take a close-up look at some of the current restoration projects including the P-51D Mustang Racer, the Douglas DC-3 passenger aircraft, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress, a U.S. Navy Blimp Car from WWII, several vintage engines and more. The Museum's Research Library will also be open.

Don't forget to check out the Museum's new Flight Sim Spot, an exhibit using the latest in flight simulator software where visitors can virtually fly any aircraft, anywhere using the same cockpit controls that pilots use.

All of the special activities for this day are included with the price of admission.


New England Air Museum Offers Veterans Day Program
The New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, Connecticut will hold their annual Veterans Day program on November 11th. Visitors can meet and talk with approximately 20 local aviation combat veterans from WWII, the Cold War era, the Vietnam Conflict, and Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of these veterans have had experience with the aircraft in the Museum’s collection as either air or ground crew and include: 

James Samar, Gunner/Radio, Curtiss SB2C Helldiver
Bruce Hayes, Pilot, Grumman F6F Hellcat
Mark Josel, Pilot, Vought F4U Corsair
James Farrell, Pilot, Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
Fred Ronson, Pilot, North American B-25 Mitchell
Bob Lyons, Flight Crew, B-29 Superfortress
Paul Giguere, Navigator, Boeing B-29 Superfortress
Ken Benson, Pilot, McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phantom
Jim Skiff, Pilot, McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phantom
William Guenon, Jr., Aircraft Commander, Lockheed C-130E
Roger Van Dyke, Pilot, Douglas A4D Skyhawk
Carl Stidsen, Combat Crew Commander, Martin Titan II Missile
Sam Boit, Pilot, Lockheed P-3 Orion
SGM Tony Savino, Flight Engineer/Instructor (CTARNG), Boeing CH-47 Chinook & Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk
Todd Wood, Pilot, Sikorsky CH-53E Stallion

A number of the Museum's military aircraft will be open for visitor entry including the Bell UH-1 "Huey" helicopter, the P-47 Thunderbolt, the Vought F4U Corsair, the F-100 SuperSabre, and the Kaman SH-2F Seasprite helicopter.

Additionally, special presentations throughout the day include U.S. Air Force Academy graduate Todd Wood who will speak about his time with the 20th Special Operations Squadron for the U.S. Air Force; William A. Geunon, Jr. will speak about the Son Tay P.O.W. Raid; and Tony Savino will speak about his deployment moving CH-47's from Connecticut to Kuwait and on to Afghanistan.

All veterans and active military personnel will receive half off the Museum's regular admission prices between November 1-30, 2012. The Museum will donate the difference to the Friends of Fisher House Connecticut. The Fisher House Foundation builds and maintains long term residential facilities near military hospitals nationwide where families of seriously injured soldiers can reside during the long rehabilitation process. The Friends of Fisher House Connecticut are raising funds to build a Fisher House in West Haven, Connecticut.


Women Take Flight at New England Air Museum
The New England Air Museum will host its eighth annual Women Take Flight event on Sunday, November 4, 2012. The program features extraordinary women who have pioneered new careers for women in aviation and aerospace engineering and they will share their experiences with Museum visitors. Discover the opportunities women now have working in the aviation and aerospace industries while seeing examples of their work in the Museum’s collection. Re-enactors will portray famous women aviators from bygone eras. This exciting, educational and inspirational program is sponsored by the Petit Family Foundation and presented in cooperation with the New England Chapter of the Ninety-Nines (International Organization of Women Pilots).

More than 20 guests are expected, including women whose experiences broke the barriers for those currently working in aerospace and aviation careers, as well as historical interpretations of Amelia Earhart, Bessie Coleman and Harriet Quimby. Amongst the twenty women expected are: Bee Haydu, Woman Airforce Service Pilot from World War II awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Obama; Linda Myer, Amelia Earhart historical interpreter, Captain Elisa Raney, Navy Helicopter Pilot; Veronica Bradley, one of the first women with the U.S. Marine Corps; Mary Feik, World War II mechanic and test pilot; Patricia Lohan Margarido, Chief Flight Respiratory Therapist and Paramedic with LIFE STAR; Linda Maloney, Naval Aviator Retired and author of Military Fly Moms; Patricia Beckman, commander US Navy (retired) and flight test navigator for Boeing; Lucy Young, Commercial and Navy Pilot (retired); Terry vandenDolder, American Airlines and Air Force pilot (retired); Marilyn Pearson, FAA Operations Inspector and aerobatic pilot; Connie Tobias, commercial, test pilot and Harriet Quimby impersonator; Stacy Sheard, Production Test Pilot featured in Spotlight on women in Helicopter Aviation; Katherine Knapp Carney, engineer on Pratt & Whitney’s new Pure Power Engine 1000G; Susan McSpadden, C5 Cargo Pilot at Westover Air Base, Chicopee, MA; and Anne Baddour, experimental research pilot for MIT Lincoln Laboratory Flight Test Facility 1977-1997.