The New England Air Museum is home to one of the best aircraft restoration programs in the country.
The work is performed by a large core of volunteers and one paid staff member who oversees the operations. Restoration volunteers are extremely important to NEAM, as they help to fulfill the mission to present historically accurate and significant aircraft, engines, and artifacts. Without the dedicated work of our restoration team, this would be nearly impossible.
NEAM's aircraft restoration program is almost as old as the museum itself, with some restoration volunteers having served the organization for decades. After the devastation of the 1979 tornado, the restoration team took on the challenge of bringing the museum's battered collection of aircraft back to life. Today more than a dozen tornado survivors are on display in the museum, having been restored to their former glory. These aircraft, along with countless engines, components, and other collection items, serve as testaments to the unmatched skill and dedication of the museum's restoration volunteers. Current restoration projects include the Douglas DC-3, the Burnelli CBY-3 "Loadmaster," and the Kaman HOK-1. For more information on current projects, please visit: https://www.neam.org/restoration-program.php