Air Museum News

Douglas DC-3 Restoration 4th Quarter 2017 Update

Find out about the DC-3's restoration team efforts for the 4th quarter of 2017 here. You can find out more on the background and restoration history here.

Updated February 12, 2017

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

Burnelli CBY-3 "Loadmaster" Restoration Update

The December, 2017 update on the progress of the Burnelli CBY-3 from restoration crew chief, Harry Newman is now available and can be viewed here.

Updated January 4, 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

Welcome Kellie Molander to the NEAM Team!

Kellie Molander has joined the NEAM staff as our Visitor Services Manager. She is a resident of Suffield where she lives with her husband, Frank and two girls, Carlin and Sophia. After graduating from the University of Vermont, with multiple years experience in the restaurant industry, and having already worked for the YMCA in Burlington, Vermont as a staff trainer and swim coach she and her family moved to the Westfield, Massachusetts area to move closer to grandparents and begin their family. Kellie spent the next five years at the Greater Westfield YMCA, where she served as the Director of Aquatics and Competitive Sports. After deciding to take some time off to raise her girls she started a small furniture refinishing business to fill the hours the kids where in school. Most recently she has been working with Chestnut Oak Associates as an office assistant, and a sales associate. In her free time Kellie enjoys, time with family, running, biking, swimming, and restoring the farmhouse she and her family have lovingly been creating memories in for the past 12 years.

Updated December 13, 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' Coonecticut 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 Magnussen about his work on the Goodyear blimp restoration. You can see it here:

Added May 30, 2017

New England Air Museum upgrades its Wings!

Work has begun on major improvements at the New England Air Museum adjacent Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks. The $1.9 M project will greatly enhance the visitor experience and is being funded by a state bond, grants from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and Pratt & Whitney, and other additional raised by the Museum. The project includes creating lofty mezzanines in two of the massive aircraft hangars. Complete with grand staircases and elevators, they will provide amazing vistas over the Museum's aircraft collections and provide much needed space for additional exhibits, public programs and events.

The project will also include new energy efficient HVAC systems providing heat and air conditioning as well, as new LED lighting in all three of the Museum's public hangars and the new mezzanines. Aircraft will be relocated to take advantage of the new perspectives. At the same time, new exhibits and graphics will revamp the Museum's galleries while new exterior signage and branding will help make the museum a more attractive destination, year round. The Museum will remain open throughout the construction with completion slated for mid August

Added May 6, 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

Lecture: Connecticut’s Early Aviation History

On Sunday, January 29 at 3pm, the Essex Historical Society will hold a lecture, “Connecticut’s Early Aviation History,” given by NEAM's Executive Director, Jerry Roberts. Jerry’s illustrated talk will feature the state’s early connections to pioneering aircraft, notable aviators and significant aviation production. While the talk has a statewide focus, it will address local aviation history, such as the production of WWII gliders at the Pratt-Read factory in Ivoryton. This lecture is part of a winter series with Essex Meadows playfully titled, “Planes, Trains and Automobiles: CT’s Early Transportation History.” The lectures will be held in Hamilton Hall, Essex Meadows, 30 Bokum Road, Essex. Free and open to the public with refreshments available.

Added January 24, 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

Lecture: Connecticut's Role in Aviation History

As part of the Avon Reads fall series, NEAM Executive Director Jerry Roberts will present an evening lecture titled "Connecticut's Role in Aviation History" on the numerous contributions that the Nutmeg State has made to aviation. It will be held on Thursday, November 3 at 7:00 pm at the Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, Avon CT.

Added October 26, 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

Congratulations to the 2016 Mustang Muster Trophy Winners!

Best Vintage: Rick Earling - 1967 fastback
Best in Show: Roger Cardin - 1964 convertible

Research Library

Due to major construction projects over the next six to eight months NEAM’s research library will not be available for on-site research until further notice. Any requests for information should go to , or use this online form, and we will do our best to help remotely.

Added October 12, 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

Join the NEAM Team!

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. As such, Public Program Facilitators are responsible for engaging visitors through Build & Fly Challenges, interactive Flight Science demonstrations, children’s birthday parties, and open cockpit experiences in historic aircraft. Other duties include assisting with scout programs and special events as needed. Experience working with children in educational or youth development settings is required, as is an interest in the history of aviation. Some college coursework is required; a Bachelor’s degree in Education, History, Science, or a related field is preferred. This is a part-time, non-exempt position that pays $15 per hour and requires weekend availability. Some weekday availability is also required during school vacation weeks and the months of July and August. Standard hours are 10:00am-3:00pm, with some evenings as needed. Public Program Facilitators average between 4-6 shifts per month during the school year and up to 5 shifts per week during school vacation weeks and summer months.

This position is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check. Email cover letter and resume to Amanda Goodheart Parks, Director of Education, at by October 21, 2016. No phone calls please. The New England Air Museum is an equal opportunity employer.>/p>

Click here for a complete job description.

Added September 21, 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

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:

  • 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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