Many thanks to our friends at MassLive for this feature story about the wonderful men and women of the New England Air Museum volunteer Restoration team. Through their efforts, we continue to fulfill our mission of preserving New England's aerospace heritage, one aircraft at a time!
You can see their story here.
Added May 5, 2019
WWLP 22News documented the efforts of a group of local auto detailers who volunteered to clean our outside display aricraft. Many thanks to the detailers for their efforts and to WWLP for their report.
You can see their story here.
Added May 5, 2019
The March 2019 update on the progress of the Burnelli CBY-3 from restoration crew chief, Harry Newman is now available and can be viewed here.
Updated April 16, 2019
Plans are underway to create a new permanent exhibit at NEAM dedicated to honor the many achievements of women in aviation. The exhibit will focus on inspirational New England women who have made significant contributions to the history and industry of aviation. You can learn more here.
Added April 4, 2019
You can read the Fall 2018 NEAM newsletter here.
Added March 18, 2019
The New England Air Museum is proud to announce the appointment of Debbie Reed as Executive Director. Reed has been serving as Interim Director since mid-2018, and has an extensive track record with the museum. She is also the organization’s first female Executive Director in its 59-year history.
“Debbie has been a passionate leader at the museum for over 30 years in a range of capacities, and I look forward to continuing our work together,” says Scott E. Ashton, the Museum’s board president.
Under Reed’s direction, the museum has added to and enhanced its professional staff, including hiring a private events manager, new curator and director of advancement & external relations. Public programs have been added to appeal to new audiences, and a new marketing effort has been launched to brand the museum as a great experience for people of all ages and interests.
“We are continuing our journey to position the New England Air Museum as a major tourist attraction and educational organization for Connecticut and beyond. Our aircraft collection is the largest in the region and one of the most impressive in the country, and we want to share this with as many visitors each year as we can” says Reed.
Added February 21, 2019
You can see the January 2019 update of the restoration of the Museum's North American B-25H here. There is much to talk about our progress on the B-25H. The expertise and insight of each of the Bill Howe's B-25 restoration crew is a huge benefit to what we will ultimately be able to display to NEAM visitors in the not-too-distant future.
Added February 5, 2019
You can see the January 2019 update of the restoration of the Museum's Fairchild-Republic A-10A close-air-support aircraft here. This restoration commenced with the aircraft being moved into the Museum's restoration hangar during the last week of November 2017.
Added February 5, 2019
We are happy to announce that Nick Hurley has joined the full-time staff of the New England Air Museum as our Curator, having served in the same position in a part-time capacity since the summer of 2015. In his new role, Nick will (among other duties) be responsible for overseeing all aspects of collections/records management and exhibition design/renovation. He will also continue to manage our artifact loans with outside entities and serve as the point of contact for all artifact donation and loan inquiries. Nick’s first full day with us was Monday, January 21st.
Nick comes to us from Archives & Special Collections at the University of Connecticut Library, where he has served as Research Services Assistant for the past three years. In addition to his civilian career, he is also an eight-year veteran of the Army National Guard and currently serves as an artillery officer with 1st Battalion, 103rd Field Artillery Regiment in Rhode Island. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in History from the University of Connecticut, and is a graduate of the US Army’s Mountain Warfare, Air Assault, and Sling Load Inspector Certification Schools. He lives in Willington, CT with his wife Lauren and their dog Macey.
Added January 22, 2019
NEAM's Interim Executive Director, Debbie Reed, was interviewed on WWLP 22's Mass Appeal show to discuss our upcoming Open Cockpit days. You can view the interview here.
Added January 11, 2019
We are beginning a new project in the restoration shop. It is the Kaman HOK-1, the piston-engine forerunner to the turbine powered HH-43F on display in our Kaman Exhibit. You can learn about it here.
Added January 11, 2019
As part of the Fox 61 Student News program, Nethra Vijayakumar, Aarav Nair from South Windsor High School produced "Flight Into History" at NEAM. You can view their story here.
The FOX 61 Student News program empowers Connecticut middle and high school students to explore the world of multi-media journalism by giving them the opportunity to capture, edit and publish original content under the guidance of industry professionals.
Added January 11, 2019
Four new "virtual" 360 degree panorama views are now available and include:
These panorams were taken by Museum member John Wood and can be viewed from links that can be found here.
Added December 14, 2018
The future of business aviation is changing as companies recognize the benefits of using corporate shuttles and private jets. What will be the impact of smaller companies in the aerospace industry? Why do many companies use private jets as part of their branding tactics? And why will technology never replace face-to-face business meetings? In this episode, Scott Ashton shares on the future of business aviation.he New England Air Museum which will honor these women for their aviation achievements.
You can listen to Scott's podcast here.
Added December 5, 2018
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
A big "Thank You!" to the William and Alice Mortensen Foundation for the grant to purchase a new tug.
Added August 17, 2018
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Added September 22, 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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