Air Museum News

New England Women Take Flight Exhibit First Step

The New England Air Museum is happy to announce that the creator of “New England Women Take Flight” recently earned the 16th Annual Combs Gates Award from the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF). New England Women Take Flight is a research project created to establish a database of notable New England women who have made significant contributions to aviation. This research is the first step in development of an exhibit at the New England Air Museum which will honor these women for their aviation achievements.

The exhibit will tell the inspirational stories of New England women who have contributed to the history and industry of aviation and celebrate those who had the courage and persistence to overcome gender barriers. Women of today who are pioneering new careers in aviation will also be noted as mentors for the next generation.

Peggy Loeffler, a Connecticut resident and aviator, received the award on October 16, 2018 at the National Business Aviation Association’s 71st Annual Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition. The Combs Gates Award, which includes a $20,000 prize, was established to encourage and support relevant aviation history research and preservation efforts.

Added November 29, 2018

Korean War Veteran Award Ceremony

On Tuesday, November 27, Korean War Veteran Bob Rawlings, his wife and next-door neighbor came to visit the museum. Mr. Rawlings flew 92 missions in F-86's and he was coming to see our F-86 that is currently in the storage hangar. Or so he thought...

Mr. Rawlings had lost his medals from the war and his neighbor, Dave, reached out to Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal to get them replaced. He was nor aware that a ceremony had been arranged to present him with replacement medals. Needless to saw, it was a nice surprise for him!

The ceremony was attended by Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs, Thomas J. Saadi; Bob Petrucci, Sr. Vice Commander, American Legion Post 68 Berlin, CT; Col. Stephen R. Gwinn serves as Commander, 103rd Airlift Wing, Bradley Air National Guard Base, East Granby; and Col. Roy V. Walton, Vice Commander, 103rd Airlift Wing, Connecticut Air National Guard.

A big thanks to the Erin Sniffen the museum's Private Events Manager and the 103rd Airlift Wing for organizing the this event.

Added November 28, 2018

The passing of Russ Magnuson

It is with great sadness that we need to report that Russ Magnuson passed away on November 21st at the age of 90.

Russ was an Army veteran in Korea as a Field Radio Repairman. He worked for the New Britain Machine company for 35 years and upon retirement, Russ became a docent at the museum. Recognizing the desire to restore the Goodyear K-Ship, Russ spent 23 years meticulously restoring the blimp car back to its original WWII configuration. He is pre-deceased by his wife Carolyn and survived by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

We will all miss Russ and the K-28 stands as his legacy and memorial.

Added November 28, 2018

Ron Katz has joined the staff of NEAM

Ron Katz has joined the staff as the Director of Advancement and External Relations at the New England Air Museum. In his more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit world, Ron has helped many organizations achieve their financial and operational goals through a variety of development positions and several years as serving a nonprofit consultant. Most recently, Ron provided executive leadership for the Connecticut Invention Convention, a statewide educational program teaching science and engineering through the process of invention.

Ron was directly responsible for the successful completion of the $42 million campaign to build the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford, and was instrumental in the successful completion of the campaign to build the Connecticut Children's Medical Center.

Prior to his nonprofit work, Ron began his career in state government, serving as a public policy analyst, state budget guru and lobbyist for the nonpartisan CT Policy and Economic Council.

Ron holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Connecticut, a BA in International Relations from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, and is SCUBA certified by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI).

Added November 7, 2018

Douglas DC-3 Restoration 3rd Quarter 2018 Update

Find out about the DC-3's restoration team efforts for the 3rd quarter of 2018 here. You can find out more on the background and restoration history here.

Updated November 1, 2018

Jack Connors Award Presentation

On Thursday, October 25, The Hartford Section of ASME presented Jack Connors, the author of The Engines of Pratt and Whitney: A Technical History, with the ASME Engineering Historian Award. The Museum was honored to host this award presentation to Jack who was not only a long-time Pratt employee but also a volunteer at the Museum and assisted with the Museum's extensive aircraft engine collection. Congratulations, Jack from everyone at NEAM.

Added October 25, 2018

Welcome NEAM's New Private Events Manager

Erin Sniffen has joined the staff of the New England Air Museum as Private Events Manager. In this new role in the museum, Erin will be in charge of any private or corporate event rentals. Erin has experience with both event planning and museums and is excited to have both passions in one job. When Erin is not at the museum she is often seen out and about with her dog, Peyton.

Please contact her with any rental questions and see how you can have your next party at the New England Air Museum.

Added October 13, 2018

Burnelli CBY-3 "Loadmaster" Restoration Update

The September, 2018 update on the progress of the Burnelli CBY-3 from restoration crew chief, Harry Newman is now available and can be viewed here.

Updated October 10, 2018

Seeking Public Programs Team Members!

The New England Air Museum seeks outgoing individuals to join our team as Public Program Facilitators. This position plays an essential role in providing high quality experiences for our youth and family visitors through hands-on activities including Build & Fly Challenges, the Artifact Cart, Flight Science Demonstrations, Story Time, NEAM’s Virtual Flight Center flight simulators, tours, and open cockpit experiences in historic aircraft. Other duties include assisting with scout programs, special events, and youth camp. Experience working with children in educational or youth development settings is required, as is an interest in aerospace history and science. Some college coursework in Education, History, Science, or a related field is also required. This is a part-time, non-exempt position that pays $13 per hour and requires weekend availability. Some weekday availability is also required during school vacation weeks and the months of July and August. Standard working hours are 10:00am-3:00pm, with some evenings as needed. Public Program Facilitators average between 3-5 shifts per month during the school year and up to 5 shifts per week during school vacation weeks and summer months.

You can download a full job desciption here.

This position is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check. Email cover letter and resume to by Monday, October 22, 2018. No phone calls please. The New England Air Museum is an equal opportunity employer.

Added September 19, 2018

Tom Palshaw Receives the Charles Taylor Master Mechanics Award

On Tuesday, August 28, 2018, Tom Palshaw, New England Air Museum Restoration Volunteer, was given the Charles Taylor Master Mechanics Award by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.

The award is in honor of Charles Taylor, who served as the Wright brothers' mechanic and is credited with the designing and building the engine used in their first successful aircraft. It is the most prestigious award given by the FAA to persons certified as aircraft mechanics. The FAA description of this award states: " This award...[is] to recognize individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill, and aviation expertise for at least 50 years in the aircraft maintenance profession as 'master mechanics.'"

Pictured is John Feliciano, Manager, Bradley FAA Flight Standard District Office (FSDO), who presented the award; Tom Palshaw; Lee Boulanger, General Manager, Bombardier Hartford Service Center. Tom worked at Canadair, which became Bombardier Aviation Services, for 31 years after his service in the U.S. Army.

We at NEAM congratulate Tom!

Added August 29, 2018

The Museum has a new tug!

A big "Thank You!" to the William and Alice Mortensen Foundation for the grant to purchase a new tug.

Added August 17, 2018

The Museum Gets Help Cleaning Aircraft

Special thanks to our friends at Pro & Local Detailing for their generous donation of manpower and supplies in cleaning our outdoor aircraft exhibit. You can help support the preservation of historic aircraft through donations to the NEAM Restoration Program.

Click here to see WWLP-22News report. Photo courtesy WWLP-22News.

Added August 3, 2018

Welcome NEAM's New Visitor Services Manager

Jeanie Rozbora has joined the staff of the New England Air Museum as Visitors Service Manager. In her role, Jeanie’s main responsibility will be to oversee the Museum’s Gift Shop and Museum Admissions. Jeanie has extensive experience in Retail Management, having most recently worked to open a Carhart Store in Evergreen Walk South Windsor.

A military wife, Jeanie and her husband, Tony have two children and reside in Simsbury. Welcome Jeanie!

Added July 26, 2018

An opportunity to join the NEAM Team!

The New England Air Museum is seeking front desk/museum store associates. Responsibilities include admission, gift shop and membership sales, handling cash and credit card transactions, cheerfully answering visitor questions and phone calls, stocking shelves, light cleaning, opening and closing the museum, bank deposits, and basic administrative duties as assigned. Must have excellent customer service skills, ability to multi-task at a busy front desk, excellent punctuality and computer skills. This position is part time and will include either Saturday and/or Sunday with two additional days during the week. Starting rate is $12.50 per hour and this position reports to Jeanie Rozbora, Visitor Services Manager, . No phone calls please.

Added May 22, 2018

Announcing Museum Trip: Allied March from Brussels to Berlin

Join the New England Air Museum in conjunction with Stephen Ambrose Tours September 24 - October 5, 2018, for a journey through WWII history and a delightful taste of European culture. On the trip we will learn about Operation Market Garden, the Battle of the Bulge and the start of the Cold War along with qine tasting, music and art. You can see a full itinerary and tour details here.

Added February 7, 2018

Eagle Scout Service Project

On December 2nd, Evan Pedneault of Troop 25, Manchester, CT completed a PlayScape as his Eagle Scout Service Project for the New England Air Museum.

The Eagle Scout Service Project is the opportunity for a Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or qualified Venturer in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to demonstrate leadership of others while performing a project for the benefit of his community. This is the culmination of the Scout's leadership training, and it requires a significant effort on his part. The project must benefit an organization other than the BSA. It is a requirement in order for Boy Scouts to attain the Eagle Scout rank.

Evan's Project from the planning/creative stage through completion spanned most of 2017. The needed funds were raised solely through Evan's extensive community outreach. Jeff Daniels of Primary Residential Mortgage of Manchester was the largest contributor to the Project.

The completed Project has been stored for the winter months but will reappear in springtime. The PlayScape will be permanently located adjacent to the Museum's "KidsPort" area between the Civil and B-29 Hangars.

The New England Air Museum and its visitors thank Evan for a job well done.

Pictured: Left to right: Stephen Pedneault - Committee Chair, Troop 25 (dad)); Nick Gallasso - Troop 25 Eagle Scout candidate (Evan's cousin); Evan Pedneault; Jerry Roberts - NEAM Executive Director,; Jeff Daniels - Primary Residential Mortgage of Manchester; and Justin Pedneault - Eagle Scout, Troop 25 (Evan's older brother).

Added January 3, 2018

Fulton Airphibian

It is a little known fact that the first and only flying car to be certified by the FAA was made right here in Connecticut by Robert Fulton Jr. of Newtown. Learn more about this extraordinary example of Yankee ingenuity at

Added December 18, 2017

Jerry Roberts Interviewed by Gerry Williams of WIHS 104.9 FM

On the heels of NEAM's relaunch, Gerry Williams of WIHS 104.9 FM did an walking interview with Museum Executive Director Jerry Roberts on September 26th giving the radio audience a "look" at the new improvements here at the Museum including the mezzanines, the reconfigured VS-44 and the newly renovated DC-3 while promoting upcoming events like Open Cockpit Day, Veterans Appreciation Day and more.

The interview will air in two parts Monday and Tuesday, October 9th and 10th. The air times are 3:15 am, 12:13 pm and 5:49 pm on both days on 104.9 FM WIHS. You can also listen online at

Added September 29, 2017

Capital Improvements Project Complete

September 13 marked the beginning of a new era at the New England Air Museum as we celebrated the completion of our capital improvement project with special guests including Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy. We're grateful for the ongoing support of our state and local government officials, corporate partners, foundations, donors and members during this project, and look forward to a bright new future.

You can see some pictures from the proceedings on our Facebook page and read an article from the Hartford Courant.

Added September 22, 2017

Sikorsky VS-44A Move

You can see a time-lapsed video taken by a Museum volunteer of the move of the Museum's Sikorsky VS-44A into its new position in the Civil Hangar here. The actual move took about three hours.

Added August 7, 2017

Ric Gillespie Talk on Finding Amelia Earhart

On Sunday, July 16, we were treated to a talk by Ric Gillespie, Executive Director of TIGHAR - The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, on "Finding Amelia with Hard Facts and Sound Science." He debunked some of the recent theories on her fate and offered a very realistic picture of Earhart, her attempted world flight, the events surrounding her disappearance, and the U.S. government's failed attempt to find her.

There was a special guest at the talk, Anne Fiyalka from Easton, Conn., who once flew with Amelia Earhart.

You can view a taping of the talk here.

Added July 18, 2017

Journal Inquirer Visit to Restoration

Manchester Journal Inquirer photographer Jared Ramsdell recently visited the Museum's restoration hangar. You can see dome of the photos he took here.

Added June 21, 2017

WTNH8 Cruisin' Connecticut at NEAM

WTNH News 8's Cruisin' Connecticut visited the Museum on Tuesday, June 13. They toured the Museum and discussed the Father's Day Open Cockpit event. You can see the video here.

Added June 13, 2017

Saluting A Veteran

NBC Connecticut has done a video on veteran and NEAM volunteer Russell Magnuson about his work on the Goodyear blimp restoration. You can see it here:

Added May 30, 2017

Museum Featured on

The Museum was recently featured on Mass Realty, one of the top sites for Springfield, MA Real Estate. Check it out here: Aviation History Takes Flight at New England Air Museum.

Added April 26, 2017

Forget Gustave. There Was a Woman Behind the First Flight

Museum Executive Director, Jerry Roberts, appeared as part of a panel on WNPR to discuss Katherine Wright, the younger sister of Wilbur and Orville, and her influence on getting her brother's plane off the ground.

You can listen to it here.

Added December 8, 2016

Sikorsky CH-54B "Tarhe" Now on Display

We have completed the restoration of the Sikorsky CH-64B/S-64 Skycrane, one of the largest and most versatile heavy-lift helicopters ever built. Designed and constructed in Connecticut, the S-64 served in Vietnam transporting troops, equipment and mobile field hospital pods. Today these mammoth veterans continue to serve as fire fighting and heavy-lift platforms. NEAM’s Skycrane served with the Connecticut Army National Guard at Bradley International Airport. Looking like something out of Star Wars the massive chopper was moved from the museum’s restoration hangar into the military exhibit hangar on November 8th where it will be on display through-out the winter. Soon visitors will be able to experience a virtual flight over the airport with the S-64’s universal transport pod designed to carry 30 troops. It is also rumored that the Skycrane will transport Santa into the museum on November 25th and December 3rd

Added November 9, 2016

Welcome Bob Garguilo to the NEAM Team!

Bob Garguilo has joined the staff of the New England Air Museum as Director of Development. In his role, Bob will be responsible for all fundraising and in-kind efforts for the museum. Garguilo has worked with individuals, foundations and corporations to build sustainable relationships.

Most recently, Bob served as Senior Director of Resource Development with the American Red Cross, prior to the Red Cross he served as Executive Director of Playsafe in Clemson, South Carolina and State Director for the March of Dimes, prior to leaving the state for South Carolina. He also has extensive experience in volunteer development and special events, having worked as a consultant for the Office of the Heisman Trophy. He also served two terms as president and a member of the Board of Governors of the Walter Camp Foundation. Bob also spent six years with Special Olympics Connecticut as Director of Special Events and Vice President of Development.

Added October 18, 2016

Bradley Field and Eugene Bradley

What's the history of Bradley International Airport and why is it named for someone from Oklahoma? Is it time to change the name? On the 75th anniversary of Bradley Field (almost to the day) CT Explored's Elizabeth Normen talks with Museum Executive Director Jerry Roberts about the past, present, and future of Connecticut's international airport and air museum. Read more at

Added September 29, 2016

Museum Featured by Western Mass News

The week of August 8, the Museum was featured as the Western Mass News Zip Trip! You can view the video at

Added August 8, 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 aired on the Frontier cable network during Shark week, June 23 through July 1st.

You can view the commercial here.

Added June 23, 2016

Excess Aircraft Engines Offered For Sale

The Museum is offering some excess aircraft engines for sale. The engines are non-airworthy and are offered for sale "as is." Suggested minimum prices are listed and offers will be considered depending on the interest in each engine. Go here for details.

Updated July 7, 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

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:

  • Sikorsky CH-54B being prepped for its move into Restoration
  • Goodyear Blimp Control Car
  • Jack's Hack B-29A
  • View of the Civil Hangar from a balloon gondola,
  • Kaman K-225 helicopter
  • Cockpit of the 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

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