Though this artifact may look simple at first, it actually led to the founding of the Connecticut Aeronautical Historical Association, parent organization of the New England Air Museum (NEAM).
In 1959 a group of local aviation enthusiasts learned that a farmer had discovered a 1917 Bancroft Airplane in an abandoned barn. This one of a kind aircraft was significant as the Bancroft Aeroplane Company was among the earliest aircraft manufactures in Connecticut. The group raised money to purchase the Bancroft Airplane, and although it was destroyed in a fire in 1960, the group stayed together and became the original founders of the Connecticut Aeronautical Historical Association.
CAHA founding member Igor Sikorsky, Jr. discusses the Bancroft Airplane.