Air Museum News

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


Douglas DC-3 Restoration 2nd Quarter 2018 Update

Find out about the DC-3's restoration team efforts for the 2nd quarter of 2018 here. You can find out more on the background and restoration history here.

Updated August 6, 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


Burnelli CBY-3 "Loadmaster" Restoration Update

The June, 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 July 3, 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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ws1Pj0mLRog

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 wihsradio.org.

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: http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/health/Saluting-a-Local-Veteran_New-York-424648464.html

Added May 30, 2017


Museum Featured on MassRealty.com

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 http://gratingthenutmeg.libsyn.com/14-bradley-field-and-eugene-bradley#YflTSdJzPSEvE2MF.99

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 www.westernmassnews.com.

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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