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New England Air Museum Executive to Retire

Michael P. Speciale, Executive Director of the New England Air Museum (NEAM), has announced his retirement as of December 1, 2014. Mike has been Executive Director for 29 years and has led the Museum’s transformation from a small one-­‐‑hangar museum recovering from the effects of a tornado in 1979, to a major cultural, educational, and historical institution serving a world-­‐‑wide audience.
View the full Board of Directors press release here.
Posted July 11, 2014

Executive Search

As a result of the announced retirement of Mike Speciale, the Board of Directors of the New England Air Museum seeks a dynamic, forward-looking professional to lead the museum into the future. The ideal candidate is a skilled and experienced leader with a passion for aviation history. He or she is a team player who can motivate and inspire staff, volunteers, board and stakeholders and lead the well-respected and stable museum to its next level of success. Interested parties are strongly encouraged to submit application materials by August 29. For the complete position profile and application guidelines please visit:
http://www.tsne.org/executive-director-new-england-air-museum
Posted July 11, 2014

P-51D Racer Restoration Update

The April, May and June updates on the progress of the P-51D Racer from restoration crew chief, Pete McConnell are now available and can be viewed, beginning with April, here.
P-51D Racer
Posted August 1, 2014

Air Museum Membership = Free Museum Visits

Special Offer: Purchase a Museum membership now and it will be valid for the balance of 2014 and for all of 2015. Along with free admission to the Air Museum, discounts in the Wings 'N' Things Gift Shop, discounts to events and for trips, you will be able to enjoy during July and August free admission to the Lutz Children's Museum located in Manchester, CT, free admission to the Connecticut Trolley Museum located in East Windsor, CT and half-price admission to the New Children's Museum in West Hartford, CT.
Posted July 18, 2014

Day Trip to The Collings Foundation, Stow, MA

On Saturday, Sept. 6, the Air Museum is sponsoring a motorcoach trip to The Collings Foundation located in Stow, MA to visit their impressive collection of automobiles, racing cars, military vehicles, trucks and farm vehicles, as well as, their display historic aircraft.
Recently, The Collings Foundation became the recipient of the extensive Jaques M. Littlefield military vehicle collection. Some of this collection has made its way east from the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation in Portola Valley, CA, and, as an added bonus for us, will be available for viewing during our trip. You can learn more about the Littlefield collection going to The Collings Foundation here.
The cost for this trip is $60.00 for Museum members and $70.00 for non-members.
Updated July 14 - Posted April 3, 2014

Burnelli CBY-3 "Loadmaster" Restoration Update

The May / June update on the progress of the Burnelli CBY-3 from restoration crew chief, Harry Newman is now available and can be viewed here.
Burnelli CBY-3
Posted July 15, 2014

New Panorama Views of the Air Museum

A new group of panorama views have been added to the Air Museum panorama views page. They have been created by Museum member John Wood and include not only aircraft cockpit views, but also views of the hangar interiors and aircraft restoration projects. Look for more in the future!
Posted July 9, 2014

"Paper Airplanes," an Original Play

Beginning on Tuesday, July 8, an original play by Alison Moncrief featuring the Connecticut aviation pioneer Mary Goodrich Jenson will be performed through the summer at the New England Air Museum.

The character of the first woman licensed pilot in Connecticut will be brought to life by Ellie Toy of Connecticut Storytelling Center at the New England Air Museum as part of Aviation Alive. On each Tuesday through the summer, there will be performances of Paper Airplanes, at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. This short play will run for about 15 minutes at the Museum’s recently completed stage.

Paper Airplanes is the first of a series of plays that the Air Museum featuring Connecticut pioneers in aviation.
Aviation Alive is made possible by a collaborative effort between the Greater Hartford Arts Council Heritage Advancement Program and the New England Air Museum. Museum visitors are invited to enjoy these performances as part of their Museum visit with general admission.

For more information, please contact the New England Air Museum at 860-623-3305.
Posted June 25, 2014

Quilt Raffle

Our 3rd Annual Flights and Fantasy Quilt Show will be held September 22-28. You can purchase raffle tickets for this beautiful Baltimore Album Style Quilt. The cost is $2.00 a ticket and can be purchased at our admission counter; you do not need be present to win. This quilt is on display in our lobby and will be here until the show.

You can learn more about the show here.
Posted June 20, 2014

Air Museum Takes Part In First Book

New England Air Museum is proud to be a part of First Book, presented by Price Chopper Supermarkets! Together with WTIC News/Talk 1080, Hot 93.7, Lite 100.5 WRCH, 96.5 TIC and many more we are working to put a world of knowledge within reach of every child. 

Find out more about this nonprofit social-enterprise here:http://cbsloc.al/UotbyH #bookstokids
Posted June 19, 2014

A Great Place for a Field Trip!

The Air Museum would like to entertain you and your group this summer.

With the help of our kid-friendly educators, we can offer you a program that is interesting, educational and just "plane-fun"!

We offer a group admission rate of just $10.00 per person.
If you would like to book a tour or if you need additional information, call the Museum at (860) 623-3305 ext. 311 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
You can also request a group tour online here.
Download a field trip flyer here.
Posted June 9, 2014

Air Museum Participating in Blue Star Museums

New England Air Museum is participating in the Blue Star Museums program, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America
Blue Star Museums
to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation's cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move. The complete list of participating museums is available at arts.gov/national/blue-star-museums.
Posted May 22, 2014

Museum Offers Surplus Aircraft Engines For Sale

The Museum's vast collection of aircraft, parts, and engines has been accumulated over a period of many years. From time to time, the Museum's staff identifies artifacts that can be considered surplus as they do not fit in with our future restoration plans. The proceeds from these sales will help to sustain the Museum's current operations including its restoration needs. Currently the Museum has some excess aircraft engines for sale that can be seen here.

For more information, contact the Museum Director, Michael Speciale by email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or by phone 860-623-3305 X318.
Posted May 15, 2014

2014 Flights and Fantasies Quilt Show to be held September 22 - 28

2014 NEAM Quilt Show
It's not too early to start thinking about the 3rd Annual Flights and Fantasies quilt show! The theme this year is "Pack Your Troubles" in commemoration of World War I. Expected are over 150 quilts, special exhibit of Challenge quilts, an exhibit of WWI quits, and more! Check back as more information becomes available.
You can access the 2014 forms here:
Posted January 16, 2014

What's New In The Library?

We've just added to our Archive, photos and documentation of the restoration of the Air Museum's B-29, "Jack's Hack."
Click here for further information on the John Ramsay Research Library.
Boeing B-29A Jack's Hack
Posted February 19, 2014

Read our March, 2014 newsletter here!


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